Trafalgar Square Is A Village Green, Two Days Only

By Hazel Last edited 133 months ago
Trafalgar Square Is A Village Green, Two Days Only

Though we love London for being so damn urban and gritty, sometimes when the sun shines and the air is warm, we find ourselves longing for the quieter, greener setting of a village. Debate continues over London's composition; is it one sprawling megalopolis or a series of interconnected villages, each with its own identity and dialect?

We're siding with the village idea for today and tomorrow, as Trafalgar Square will be covered with turf and turned into a village green until 6pm tomorrow. It's not clear what will happen to the pigeons and whether or not the really slow tourists were turfed over for being too slow to get out of the way of the gardeners, but we are expecting the first appearance of Pimms and sandals.

While the rain is still absent, what could beat bringing along a few thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches, jam tarts and a frisbee to enjoy with friends in front of the National Gallery, before a brief snooze in a deckchair under one of the lions. If you're the kid who always left behind your packed lunch, then The Trafalgar Hotel will be selling a special luxury hamper stuffed full of smoked salmon, salads and strawberries. Takeaway sandwiches, fruit and cake are available at the Cafe on the Square for those with less luxurious demands for a picnic lunch.

Tennis on the lawn, romantic misunderstandings among the rhododendrons and lots more tea for the vicar in the very heart of metropolis London: this city really has it all.

* For more grass in unexpected places, head to the National Theatre for the full-on vertical lawn that has been planted on the walls of the flytower. After a few days of rain, then sun, then warm weather, a distinctly lush patch of grass can be seen poking up over the South Bank skyline. It looks so green and inviting among all that grey concrete, we think we're beginning to understand the yearning of the Gormley figures turned to face it.

Village Green on Trafalgar Square, today until 6pm Friday 25 May, for more information go to the Visit London site here.

Last Updated 24 May 2007


Turf from Yorkshire on Trafalgar Square!?
In times of Climate Change, Darfur Crisis and our carbon foot print being top topics each day, we need to bring turf from YORKSHIRE for 2 days to London to attract people to visit London villages? How much CO2 was emitted on transportation, let alone water, fertilizer and resources used to grow it in the 1st place...

Edwin Lyons

I agree. I love grass - I love parks and open spaces, and I'd love them to turn Traflgar Square into a park, but this is just a massive waste of money and clearly damages the enviroment.

Why do it just for two days? What about a month or two?

Complete lack of Joined Up Thinking.


The grass on Trafalgar Square was really great to see. It changed the whole feel of the place, much more relaxing than usual somehow. You can see how much people enjoyed it in this Panroama of Trafalgar Square Grass. Question is - will they do it again, and for longer?


What a waste! While the lawn captured peoples imagination, causing people to wish it could be like this every day, it has done little for our environmental problem or green space within the city.

Lawns are the asphalt of the gardening world, decadent to our control of nature. Lawns are rolled out over everything, preended and mowed -- stiffling the ability of a thriving diverse ecosystem to develop. While I celebrate the effort of the city to green up the spaces, it would seem it has been a bit of a false start.

The pollution emitted from a power mower in one hour is equal to driving 350 miles. Lawns like this on average use ten times as many chemicals per acre as industrial farmland.

On the night, the guerrilla gardeners decided to plant a beautiful pansy on the lawn to disrupt it's monocultural demand. We are holding the removed piece of turf as ransom to the highest bidder on and e-auction site, where the turf will hopefully go to a better use.

Many people were very pleased to see the pansy and stoped to take photographs. Even when a security guard apprached to remove the plant, he was met by jeers and rewarded with cheers when he left it alone. The people of London want real greenary, not just token greenary.