Forest Garden


Junction of Bulwer Road and Drayton Road

HÛT Architecture and HOS Landscapes are transforming the traffic island at the junction of Bulwer Road and Drayton Road into a vibrant community garden for residents to enjoy.

The new ‘Forest Garden’, which is scheduled to be completed in Autumn 2020, is being designed to enhance biodiversity and provide habitats for bugs and bees. The garden is designed to be low-maintenance and decorative and replaces large areas of hard tarmac with permeable gravels, sands and timber which allow for natural rainwater runoff. 

The use of water retention planting and ‘rain gardens’ are designed to ensure as much natural rainfall is retained to water the plants and reduce the burden on local drainage infrastructure. A number of new trees are being added along with uniquely designed insect habitats.

In the middle of the garden sits a rammed earth wall, a nod to the waypoint which originally provided Leytonstone its name. The low wall marks the presence of the buried Philley Brook river, which runs close to the site, and provides a central location for explanatory signage about the garden, its species and its habitats.

The project also includes Council-led measures to narrow the junction, providing a safer environment to enjoy the garden.

We are keen to hear from community groups and residents who may wish to work with us to tend the garden in the future and are also happy to receive any questions or comments you might have at this stage. We look forward to hearing from you by the Sunday 30 August 2020.

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HÛT is an architectural practice based in Shoreditch, London.  The practice believes a simple, refined approach – robust, carefully considered and beautifully resolved – produces the most elegant designs. The everyday and familiar are reimagined to produce an architecture that delights and surprises.