Gaia’s Garden is a new community-built public garden located at 65 Holborn Viaduct in the heart of the City of London. As well as being a place to socialise and relax, Gaia’s Garden will host free workshops, talks and performances throughout summer focusing on climate change and sustainability.
The project is spearheaded by Play Nice, the winners of Culture Mile and Foundation for Future London’s £50,000 Fusion Prize, in partnership with Dominvs Group who provided the space.
The garden was conceptualised by five young female creatives from across fashion, graphic design, movement, music, and photography, who took part in Play Nice’s prize winning cultural incubator programme The Pattern. Mentored by Noga-Levy Rapoport, an ambassador for the UK Student Climate Network, the group’s vision is to present sustainability through a more inclusive and feminist lens.
Gaia’s Garden forms part of the City Lord Mayor’s Culture and Commerce Taskforce’s Enhancing the City initiative, which seeks to fill repurposed commercial spaces across the City with curated creative activity in order to animate the area and drive footfall.
Over 200 young people from across the capital helped with the gardening and building as well as curating a live events programme that includes contributions from online education platform and community Climate in Colour, climate activists UK Student Climate Network UKSCN, Sound Advice (a London-based platform dedicated to tackling spatial inequality), award-winning UK hip-hop dance company Boy Blue, and plenty more. You can find the full programme of events and book free tickets by clicking here.
For more information on the garden, visit www.gaiasgarden.london