Open Garden Squares Weekend – Nomura International PLC

No.1 Angel Lane (formerly Watermark Place) is an architecturally distinguished 525,000 sq.ft. development occupying the largest area of open riverside space in the City of London. It forms the focal point of the new business district connecting the river and the heart of the City.

The sixth-floor terrace – the size of eight tennis courts – has unobstructed, panoramic views of the river Thames. It is open to staff and clients to eat al fresco during the summer months while enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the gardens, its water features and London’s breathtaking scenery.

The formal gardens are planned and maintained by Tony and Matt of ISS Facilities Landscaping. With over 50 years’ experience between them, the hedges, shrubs, herbaceous plants, ferns, herbs and grasses – as well as the lawns – are kept in pristine condition for employees and visitors to enjoy.

The kitchen garden measures 56ft by 20ft. Managed voluntarily by the switchboard team of Eileen, Linda and Tessa, it was cleared to make 12 vegetable beds. The team designed and drew up a growing plan, the seeds started off from home and the garden came alive!

Now in its third year with about 25 different varieties of vegetables and edible flowers, the garden provides an array of produce, enabling the chefs to pick fresh vegetables daily for client dining.

The surplus is offered for sale to staff, with profits donated to charity. Last year, this well maintained and productive organic garden won the coveted Masters’ Trophy in the ‘Flowers in the City’ competition, presented by the Lady Mayoress at the Mansion House.

The kitchen garden also featured on the BBC television show Great British Garden Revival, hosted by chef and gardener James Wong, who spent the day filming on the roof terrace.

Gardeners: Tony, Matt (ISS Landcapes) Eileen, Linda and Tessa (volunteers)

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