In pictures: A lunch break with a difference

Gone are the days of soggy supermarket sarnies for lunch: businesses in central London are turning their roofs into 'edible gardens' to produce their own food for staff.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 18 Oct 2013

Tired of eating the same lunch every day? Why not grow your own, like the five London businesses that have signed up to a scheme to turn their roofs into tropical gardens.

Three of the roofs will be used to grow organic fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes, courgettes and runner beans, which will be used in staff canteens and for employees to take home.

The other two will be used to grow wildflowers to provide pollen for bees, and will eventually host beehives.

The project is being funded by InMidTown, the 'Business Improvement District' for Bloomsbury, Holborn and St Giles.

It’s part of a wider campaign by London’s Mayor Boris Johnson to turn London into a 'world leader in improving the environment'. InMidtown has invested £37,500 in the project, which has also been part-funded by a £15,000 grant from the Greater London Authority and Drain London.

The five firms which have signed up so far are law firm Olswang, software company Cartesian and the Bloomsbury Street Hotel, which are all growing vegetable roof gardens. Law firm Mischon de Reya and the Trade Union Congress are growing wildflowers. These guys really know their onions.

Need inspiration? See below...


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