Petrol and diesel cars set to be banned in East London. Do you agree?

We were happy to see our Parklet and tree planters featuring in the Evening Standards article  on Ultra Low Emission Zones.

Petrol and diesel cars are set to be banned in parts of east London under plans that could see motorists fined more than £100 for breaking the rules. Hackney and Islington councils are consulting on a scheme to ban petrol, diesel and older hybrid vehicles from entering nine streets in Hoxton and Shoreditch.

Pedestrians and cyclists would have access to the zones, in addition to ultra-low emission vehicles including electric cars, e-bikes, the newest hybrids and hydrogen vehicles.

It is hoped the plans will bring reduced levels of air and noise pollution and improved surroundings for local residents and businesses.

Fingers crossed this means more urban greening! 


Neal's Yard Planters

Our latest project added a little bit of greenery right in heart of Covent Garden. The brief was to come up with a wall mounted planter design that would fit in with current aesthetic and feel of Neal's Yard.

We designed bespoke corten planters with iroko trellis' to create a naturally weathered look. Jasminoides trachelospermum was chosen to climb the trellis because of its scent, white flowers and year round interest. Carex and delicate white flowering vinca minor were also used to compliment the jasmine.

North Finchley Living Wall

Meristem were delighted to work on this exciting greening project in North Finchley. A substrate gravity-fed closed living wall system was installed to create a beautiful aesthetic focal point to the building. In addition to this a bespoke hanging planter system was designed and installed to form a vertical trailing effect of greenery through two floors.

Internal greening solutions are a fantastic way to maximise oxygenation and absorption of PM10s (small particles and dust) and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) found in everyday items such as carpets, paint and cleaning products. Internal vegetation can improve wellbeing, productivity and performance and health whilst improving the internal environment.

Clapham Living Wall

Our latest living wall installation has created beautiful backdrop to a residential garden in Clapham that draws the eye through the house. A mixture of ferns, erysimum, convolvulus, liriope muscari and festuca glauca elijah blue were used to bring striking colours  to an urban back garden. A swirl of erysimum bowles mauve was planted in the centre of the wall to create a swathe of purple flowers which will be out in full bloom come spring.

Westminster gets it's first On-Road Parklet

Marleybone is one of London's newest Low Emission Network and as part of it's 3 year plan they intend to install a number of Parklet across their neighbourhood to encourage a model shift from cars to pedestrians and to make the streets more welcoming to visitors and locals.

In order to test out the concept they approached Meristem to install one of our Parklet on Car Free Day on the 22nd September.  The feedback we received from residents and students at the University of Westminster during the trial was overwhelmingly positive.

Meristem Present at Healthy Streets 2017

Meristem Design were asked to present at the Healthy Streets event on the 28th Sept at Waltham Forest Town Hall.  During a packed session we presented to a host of local authorities, TfL and London assembly delegates on the subject of Community Pop Up Parklets.

Parklets have been popping up across London and we have been working with a number of London Councils and TfL to bring more to the area. Our modular Parklets which can be arranged in any layout and any size making them suitable for many locations. 

Mersitem Parklet arrive's at TfL's Palestra Offices

As everyone knows Parklets are popping up all across London, so when TfL wanted to commission a Parklet for their own Head Office Palestra we were delighted they chose Meristem Design as their preferred partner.

The Parklet was installed on the 25th September to coincide with the Mayors Transport Strategy open day at Palestra attended by TfL and GLA employees to provide feedback on the consultation so far.

TfL is also hoping the Parklet in the reception which will be seen by all visitors to the offices to create debate and to generate interest for more of them on our streets.

Garden Party in Shoreditch on World Car Free Day

What a difference a day makes…

Hackney council asked us to pull out all the stops to show Londoners what you can do in one of the busiest parts of London when you close a road for a day.

With the help of some friendly traffic wardens Hackney closed off the road and brought some of the countryside to the heart of London.  

Where normally 6 cars would be parked we created: 
40 sq mtrs of real turf grass (recycled in someones garden later)
80 hay bales to create seating and colour
20 deck chairs
Lots of garden games including table tennis, giant skittles and a bowling alley
6 food and drink stalls including a champaign bar on a cargo bike (our favourite stall, hic..) & of-course we also arranged for it to be the sunniest day of the month!

It was loved by 100's of local workers, mums with kids and local residents alike.

Well done Hackney, what a show!

RHS Living Wall

Meristem were delighted to work with the Royal Horticultural Society at the Landscape Show 2017.

Our living wall created the perfect backdrop for the RHS to chat to those visiting their stand.

We used a combination of bergenia, convolvulus, carex, ferns, erysimum bowles mauve and liriope muscari to create a natural aesthetic.