Chelsea Fringe at Nine Elms on the South Bank

Chelsea Fringe at Nine Elms on the South Bank

Nine Elms on the South Bank is drawing together a programme of local activities as part of #Chelsea Fringe.

The international garden festival that’s now in its fourth year and celebrates everything from guerrilla gardeners to community projects and large-scale installations.

The programme at Nine Elms draws inspiration from the area’s horticultural and industrial heritage, celebrates the area’s flourishing green projects and offers a glimpse of the area’s future landscape. Former industrial land is undergoing vast improvement works in Nine Elms; this includes the creation of a new linear park, turning private land into public open space and the work currently underway on the Thames River Path.

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The River Path will ultimately extend two kilometres from Chelsea Bridge to Lambeth Bridge, linking the South Bank with Battersea Park, while the linear park is set to be a beautifully landscaped, public and open space linking Battersea Power Station to Vauxhall Cross.

A burst of colour along Nine Elms Lane will coincide with Chelsea Fringe. A mixture of triumph, single late and lily-flowered tulips have been planted in beds at Prescot Wharf, visible from both the Thames River Path and along Nine Elms Lane. The beds have been planted and are being maintained by Thrive, with tulip bulbs supplied by Jub Holland.

Chelsea Fringe events across Nine Elms on the South Bank will this year cover everything conceivably linked with gardens, plants, green routes, landscape and environment – with most events free and non-ticketed. The programme looks to celebrate the area’s efforts in reclaiming private industrial land for public use, linking public squares, footpaths, cycle lanes and outdoor recreational facilities together with pocket parks.

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For for full event details: www.nineelmslondon.com/chelseafringe

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