The Grand Union Canal

The proposal aims to create canal-side sites for urban food production to provide access to good local produce. The idea would be to revitalise the historic link to the canal and recall the reason why it was originally built.

Local pocket parks and green spaces would supply the canal markets.

The canal would be developed for floating markets and water taxis.

The concept for Harlesden could be replicated for other sections of the canal.

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The Grand Union Canal

Canal-side market gardens from Harlesden to Paddington

This proposal takes a fresh look at the neglected Grand Union Canal between Harlesden and Paddington. It explores the potential to turn pocket parks and green spaces into a network of thriving urban market gardens, which would sell their produce on floating farmers' markets.

These markets would connect local communities and draw in visitors from the surrounding shops. Communities would be involved so as to see how a supply of healthy local food is grown, harvested and sold. The canal-side planting would provide a haven for wildlife and a unique aquatic ecosystem running through north London.

Harlesden provides a case study of how this could be achieved. It has a thriving high street and a culture of markets and street stalls. It also has underused pocket parks that need rejuvenating with sustainable planting schemes such as orchards and vegetable gardens. 

By introducing new signage at Harlesden, existing transport links could be better connected to the canal, while extending the location of Barclays Cycle Hire and water taxis could help to encourage people to the visit. 


- Connectivity across the capital
- Creating new parks


- Brent
- Kensington and Chelsea
- Westminster

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