A new initiative has been launched to involve young people from the local community in the development of the Garden Bridge, the pedestrian footbridge linking the two sides of the River Thames in central London, due to open in 2018.
Students from primary and secondary schools in Lambeth and Westminster are joining a new Youth Board set up by the Garden Bridge Trust. They will be involved in decision-making about the project, contributing to the Trust’s education and employment strategy, and gaining an understanding of the challenges of building a bridge, and career opportunities in engineering, design and horticulture.
The Garden Bridge is a unique project which will allow people to take a journey through London’s horticultural history, from wild marshland to cultivated gardens, with 6,000 sq metres of new open space, crossing and above the River Thames. Thousands of shrubs, perennials, ferns, grasses and bulbs, and 270 trees, have been picked to thrive in the Bridge’s unique conditions
The Bridge will be open year round linking London’s South Bank to Temple underground station and beyond into the heart of Covent Garden. It will be a new, free public garden in the heart of London, somewhere to linger and admire the city and river, but providing real benefits for pedestrians, improving transport connections and reducing pressure on busy underground stations.
Youth Board members have begun their work by debating plans for the new landmark, and their priorities, as well as viewing features of the Bridge at a special exhibition created for local stakeholders by Arup, the global engineering and design firm that is the lead consultant on the project.