Could Shoreditch become a forest?

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Could Shoreditch become a forest?

A gardening group in East London are calling on the Mayor to use his planning powers to create Europes biggest 'urban forest garden' in the centre of the capital.

In an attempt to tackle air pollution and create community space, the project would see a green walkway connecting Hackney and Tower Hamlets covering nearly two thirds of a mile in with trees and shrubs. 

They are offering this proposal as an alternative to current plans that have been put forward by the developers Ballymore and Hammerson. 

The firms have submitted a planning application for 1,356 homes and a shopping space to the local councils.

Ballymore and Hammerson say that they have consulted the public extensivily, and have updated their proposals which include plans for 6 acres assigned as public space, which includes connected gardens, terraces and walkways.

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