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London to Get a Slice of The Big Apple

A new High Line-style project is coming to England's capital city. Named the Camden Highline, it will create an elevated park and walkway in the vein of the remarkably popular attraction in New York City.


Illustration of a walkway on the proposed Camden Highline in London
Credit: Hayes Davidson/JCFO/vPPR

The Camden Highline project is being led by the original architects of the NYC High Line and will involve transforming a stretch of disused railway into a new elevated park and walking route in a bid to invigorate the local area.


The park will stretch from Camden Gardens to Royal College Street, connecting to a 6km (4 mile) circular walk, parks and transport hubs.


Significant greenery will be planted by garden designer Piet Oudolf, who again was involved in the original High Line, in consultation with the London Wildlife Trust. The landscaping will be arranged so as to take visitors through distinct areas inspired by woodlands, productive gardens, meadows and British hedgerows. There will also be volunteer-run allotments.


"The Camden Highline has captured local imaginations," said Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. "It urges us to broaden the horizons of what's possible within our cities and is exactly the sort of innovative, environmentally sustainable, and community-driven project which will continue to benefit and inspire generations to come. This vision will also bring huge enterprise opportunities to local small business, helping to build a better, greener, and more prosperous London for everyone. I look forward to following the Camden Highline on its journey and to walking in London's own park in the sky."


The first section of Camden Highline is expected to open in 2025.

 

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