How Camley Street brought nature to the heart of the capital

How Camley Street brought nature to the heart of the capital

Hidden next to the canal at the centre of London’s King’s Cross is Camley Street Natural Park. It is a tiny haven providing a breath of fresh air for both wildlife and local residents. But our cities need many more…

Beyond the plastic grass and polished concrete of King’s Cross’s Granary Square there is an unexpected enclave of trees. Step through a pair of tall wrought-iron gates salvaged from a vanished goods yard, and the grizzle of taxis and squeal of cornering trains is replaced by the unexpected song of a blackcap. City odours – of diesel and grilled meat – are superseded by a scent of damp earth and sickly sweet privet.

In the last decade, the post-industrial desolation behind London’s Kings Cross has been redeveloped and woven into an immaculate modern urban fabric of luxury office blocks and expensive boutiques. But the really priceless feature is a tatty explosion of greenery called Camley Street Natural Park.

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