Tickets have gone on sale for rare tours of Growing Underground, a subterranean urban farm under the streets of London.
Vegetables and salad items are grown in futuristic pink tunnels in a former second world war air raid shelter in Clapham. We visited it for ourselves when it was in its early stages in 2015 and experienced the eerie pink glow, Doctor Who-style lift and rumble of tube trains on the Northern line nearby.
The tours include a chance to learn how the tunnels function as somewhere to grow salads today — some of which are sold in the likes of M&S — as well as the history of the tunnels. Everyone on the tour will take home a micro herb salad, picked fresh from the farm.
Why grow salad underground? Hydroponic and LED technology makes it possible, and the controlled environment means growing conditions remain stable all year round. Crops aren't affected by issues such as the weather or pesticides. In short, it could be the future of food production, and this is a chance to see it in action.
Growing Underground urban farm tours take place various dates 27 November 2018-28 March 2019. Tickets are £40-£45 and need to be booked in advance. Age 14+ only.