The Lismore Circus Estate at Gospel Oak in Camden isn't the most obvious location for a new horticultural enterprise. This - described as "(l)ong sleek apartment blocks (Ludham and Waxham) designed by the firm of Frederick McManus and Partners as part of the Lismore Circus estate" - is the location:
In the basement of this block developers are, however, proposing just such a horticultural enterprise - a mushroom farm:
London could become home to a new mushroom farm capable of growing three quarters of a ton every month using waste materials such as coffee grounds.Two important points to make here - firstly this is a great use of essentially redundant space (the unused garages in the image) and secondly it opens up new uses for food waste.
Eco start-up Article No. 25 wants to set up the farm in the basement of a block of Seventies council flats in Gospel Oak, and Camden council is considering a planning application.
The mushrooms would grow on a form of compost made from waste materials including coffee grounds and newspapers mixed with straw.
Plus, of course, mushrooms are nutricious and flavoursome!