The East London Garden Society

The Bishopsgate Goodsyard (Forest Garden)

The Goodsyard runs from Shoreditch High Street, through to Brick Lane and another plan has been put forward for its redevelopment.

The original station closed to passenger traffic in 1875 but reopened six years later as Bishopsgate Goodsyard to provide a freight station serving the eastern ports of England. In 1964 it was damaged by a major fire and millions of pounds worth of goods were destroyed. The Goodsyard was rendered unusable and remained derelict over the next 40 years.

To lessen the effect of the buildings being created, it’s been suggested that a Forest Garden and permaculture school should be placed on top of the listed arches. The idea is to have the largest Forest Garden in Europe which would provide a ‘lung’ for the Shoreditch area.

The East London Garden Society has been pushing for the developer to include an iconic park and create a better environment for everyone and in which the community will have a voice. As of March 2019, they have been successful in persuading the developer to include a Forest Garden in their Planning Application. The pictures below show the present status and what it could look like.

We are also supporting most environmentalists concerned with urban parks that more trees should be planted. This is in line with National, as well as Local Government ideas.

Residents and others believe the best way to reduce pollution in the Shoreditch area would be a Forest Garden. This would be a community park involving the greater area of east London. Placing as much vegetation in the urban area, is conducive to lessening pollution, a Forest Garden is the oldest form of agriculture and is proven to achieve this.

News article on London Live (December 2018).

Sign this Petition now to urge the Planning Authority to take note of what the local population wish and not install an inappropriate park that would not fulfil the above objective.

Please support our Crowd Funding scheme to enable the Forest Garden to happen.

Give us your views by completing our Reader Comment form and see what others think below. Also see The Shoreditch Forest Garden Group’s alternative proposal.

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Reader Comments

Michael Zacsinsky
This should go ahead. there are far too many hotels and apartments in the area already. This park is really needed. Developers are just too greedy and also they probably don’t even live in the area.

Margaret Pitt
A forest garden is a great idea.

Jean Vidler
A forest garden would increase wildlife diversity. Moisture and shade would have a cooling effect. Provide leisure and educational opportunities. Be a place for volunteer activities. Act as a carbon sink. Have a positive effect on mental and physical health. It’s hard to think of anything more positive to do with this piece of land, so I hope your campaign is successful.