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Paddington Basin floating park 'London's first'

Pocket Park Image copyright Jack Hobhouse
Image caption The park is situated in Paddington Basin on the Grand Union Canal

A floating park that designers say is the first to be built in London has opened.

The 730 sqm space for up to 120 people, is among buildings in Paddington Basin on the Grand Union Canal.

It features open lawns, raised borders, seating areas and a separate wildlife island to encourage waterfowl.

It was designed by Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gold medallist Tony Woods, who described it as "truly one of a kind".

Image copyright Jack Hobhouse
Image caption The park features open lawns, raised borders and seating areas
Image copyright Jack Hobhouse
Image caption The borders are planted with wind tolerant grasses and nectar-rich flowers like Allium and Salvia

The pocket park forms part of Merchant Square, which also features kinetic bridges by designers including Thomas Heatherwick, who created the cauldron for the 2012 London Olympics.

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