They say it’s an ill wind, and nowhere is this more true than in the world of the shipping containers. Thousands of these magnificent animals, the workhorse of our industrial age, have found themselves thrown on the scrap heap of life as the economic downturn bites, consigned to graveyards across the world. But there is hope, as we discovered this week on a building site in London.
Anyone who’s ever tussled with a recalcitrant garden will love the idea of this Shipping Container Garden project. The idea is the brainchild of designer Daniel Lobb, who we interviewed while working diligently on creating an impressive natural environment inside a plain old shipping container. We caught up with him mid-landscaping this week to find out a bit more on the project and it’s goals.
(photo: Jason Pearce)
The idea of using shipping containers for purposes other then moving stuff from one part of the world to another is nothing new. They’ve so far done sterling service as homes, as trendy offices and even as a hotel, but this is the first time we’ve seen one used as a garden. Especially one complete with its own free flowing river.
Dan’s garden, which uses material from his RHS Chelsea Flower Show, will stay open on site for three weeks, after which the installation will be dismantled and relocated to a local community garden project, run by Garden Link and maintained by the charity Putting Down Roots. It’s all pretty cool, so if you’re in the area of the Oxo Tower, pop along and see how it’s going. The newly re-employed shipping container (who we understand is called Cedric) will be pleased to see you.