TARA TEAM UP WITH LOCAL URBAN GARDENERS TO SPREAD THE ORGANIC MESSAGE
29 September 2016
The transformation of the Tara Theatre is complemented by a mini oasis in its courtyard.
To the left once you’ve entered through the grand Indian front door is a sweet smelling outdoor space for patrons, actors and locals to enjoy. The space will be open to the public pre-shows and in intervals along with the café/ bar.
Tara chose local business Natural Urban Gardeners (NUGs) to green up the space because of their passion in sustainability and the use of organic fertilisers and peat-free compost. Having included a Sedum (Green) roof in the Tara Theatre designs along with other green measures it was important to follow suit with the outside space.
NUGs founder, Rachel Collison, wanted the courtyard to be as green as possible and is a great supporter of the RHS National campaign ‘Greening Grey Britain’ where the public are encouraged to rethink concrete spaces and add in some plant life. “Living in an urban area people may be short on space or not have a garden as they perceive it to be but even if you just have front door step there should be room for a plant.” says Rachel “Plants and gardens have amazing benefits to our environment and wildlife, stimulate us visually and there are huge positives to our mental health too.”
In the NUGs Tara courtyard you will find the divine Jasmine plant has featured heavily. Twirling around posts and reaching to sky as it climbs the railway sleeper wall. Other climbers include vibrant pinks, yellow and orange Honeysuckles all very Tara colours and evocative of Indian culture. “We wanted to continue the Indian themes through to the outdoor space.” Rachel explains “Even the organic Neem fertiliser we use comes from the Neem Tree in India.”
The plants are bee friendly which is of key importance to attract these much needed pollinators and we also feature urban bird and insect boxes for creatures to find sanctuary alongside our other guests. Framing the impressive Indian wooden feature wall we used terracotta pots again with vivid coloured plants, which will be added to and changed with the seasons.
For more information on NUGs please visit; www.naturalurbangardeners.com
For more information on ‘Greening Grey Britain’ please visit; https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/gardening-in-a-changing-world/greening-grey-britain