Chelsea Flower Show plants rescued for 'floating garden'

Farmopolis "floating" garden Image copyright James Wick
Image caption The organisers adopted 15,000 plants from the Chelsea Flower Show

Tens of thousands of plants and flowers salvaged from this year's Chelsea Flower Show have been used to create a "floating garden" in south-east London.

Farmopolis has been made using about 15,000 plants adopted from the RHS show in May which have been planted on a derelict jetty on Greenwich Peninsula.

Those behind the project said they wanted to create a "hub centred around farming" above the Thames.

The garden, which has no entrance fee, will open to the public on 30 July.

It has been developed through a partnership between event organiser Secret Productions, arts and architecture practice Wayward, and landowners Greenwich Peninsula.

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Image caption Farmopolis has a capacity of up to 500 people
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Image caption Thousands of plants, as seen here at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show...
Image caption ... can now be found on the jetty in Greenwich Peninsula

Jo Vidler, director of Secret Productions, said part of the difficulty had been keeping flowers that had been grown specially for Chelsea alive, as many are out of season.

"The gardeners are really enjoying the challenge I think," she said.

Organisers also said they hoped to develop the area into a working urban farm.

"We have a lot of ambition around food growing, but we're starting with plants and flowers," Wayward's Heather Ring said.

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Image caption Flower crown making with Electric Daisy Flower Farm will be one of the events held over the summer
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Image caption Gardeners and volunteers will look after the space
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Image caption Farmopolis is based near to the O2 arena and Emirates cable car

The garden will be open between 10:00 and 22:00 BST all week.

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