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Candide Cuttings: Wyvale Centres, London Rooftops and Kew Sculptures

Published on 15th April 2019

Greener London Roofs

London has reached 1.5 million square meters of green roof area, according to a recent study.

This number is now higher than in Singapore, Copenhagen or Toronto.

'Living Roofs and Walls, from Policy to Practice' by the European Federation of Green Roofs and Walls, and, reveals that the density of rooftop gardens is 0.17 square meter per inhabitant in the city. This number is even higher, 121 square meter, in the Central Activities Zone of London.

The study also details the positive effects of green roofs and walls and a review of global green roof policies.

London’s deputy mayor for the environment, Shirley Rodrigues, launched the report last week. "I have been delighted to witness the patchwork of green roofs and walls spreading across London’s skyline, alongside the establishment of a world-class industry that is working towards the greening of London," she said.

More Wyvale Centres Sold

Wyvale Garden Centres sells 31 more centres to Dobbies.

This is the largest sale in the history of the garden centre giant. Dobbies have now become the largest garden centre retail business with 69 centres across the UK.

Graeme Jenkins, Dobbies CEO, said: “We are very pleased to have agreed this acquisition from Wyevale and we look forward to welcoming our new customers, as well as 1,400 new team members to Dobbies as we drive the growth of the business and deliver against our Strategic Plan.”

Annual expected sales is now over £300 million per year.

Handover will be phased from late May until the end of June to cope with peak trading times.

Wyvale, left with 60 centres, has reported an increase in sales by 26% in the first quarter of 2019.

Glass Sculptures in Kew Gardens

Photograph: Venetia Menzies/The Guardian

Kew Gardens has become home to 32 art installations by contemporary glass artist Dale Chihuly.

Celebrating a career spanning 50 years, Chihuly: Reflections on Nature is made up of 32 pieces placed around the gardens, including a new piece in the iconic Temperate House.

The glass sculptures are designed to respond to the garden’s horticultural and architectural glory, which has inspired the artist over the years. Dale’s last major outdoor show was also held at Kew, 13 years ago.

Dale Chihuly said: ‘I am honoured to bring my work once again to Kew, with its magnificent landscape and extraordinary glasshouses - structures which have always captivated me. How do you describe a beautiful building like the Palm House or the Temperate House?’

Director of Marketing and Commercial Enterprise at RBG Kew, Sandra Botterell, said: ‘Bold and beautiful, surreal and seductive, these large-scale art works will stimulate the imaginations of all who view them. Prepare to see Kew – and nature – in a wholly different way.’

The artwork will be available to see until the 27th of October.

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