Tropical Pocket Park

03StreetView
Make-Room worked with Tom Ebdon Architects and Blacksheepscape Landscape Architects to create a new urban park on West Green Road in Tottenham. The West Green Road Tropical Park is part funded by the Mayor of London’s Pocket Park initiative and match funded by the London Borough of Haringey. Despite its name, West Green Road suffers from a severe lack of green. The Tropical Pocket Park acts as an oasis providing a place to relax and unwind, engage with nature, gather and play, spend time with family and friends, learn about plants and participate in food growing schemes.

The Pocket Park has a tropical theme to reflect the many local African, West Indian and South American businesses as well as the several travel agencies on West Green Road. An innovative tropical garden, filled with hardy, colourful, fragrant big-leaved plants and mouth-watering edibles throughout the year, the park offers a real sense of surprise, delight and relief from the noise and bustle of West Green Road. The park is designed as a landscape of pre-cast concrete circular planters of varying diameters and heights with circular tree pits. Some of the planters have wrap around timber seats, made from Accoya, which allow people to sit and experience the park. The park has a central focus, created by an open space for informal gathering.
01Before
Before
01After
After, at the opening party
05After
07After
02Before
02Sketch
Plan
Plants
TropicalFoodsweb
Tropical produce for sale on West Green Road