Healing our connection with nature and helping communities to thrive
By building the Golden Leaf of London, we aspire to lace urban areas with ribbons of vegetation that become unique living sculptures.
Inspired by the structure of a leaf, smaller veins connect the wild, natural and educational spaces to a central spine, all of which can be explored on foot or by bike so we can embrace healthier living, learn to coexist with Nature and imagine a future where, together, we thrive not survive.
The Golden Leaf idea was conceived by Liz Marsh during lockdown in 2020, as a modern living art project that would put a stake in the sand and commit to a more sustainable world for us and our children.
Her idea got many friends and experts excited and convinced a few to join the project.
A founding team was formed to help shape the idea and germinate the project and set up the charity.
Chair & Founder
Frequently asked questions
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO USE THE MONEY YOU RAISED?
Initially we need funds to create a digital impression of how the London A4 and city center might look if planting constructs were integrated into the fabric of our streets. We will need to employ a full-time project manager to drive the project forwards. The exhibition, in May 2022 will require approx £200,000 in order to make it a destination event that will raise awareness and launch the educational aspect of our project.
ARE YOU A REGISTERED CHARITY?
Yes, we become registered as a charity in December 2021 (Charity Number 1197128).
WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE PROJECT?
Liz Marsh, one of the trustees, was reflecting during lockdown about the newfound connection with nature expressed by people both in the media and everyday life. She decided to put a stake in the ground to force people to make a conscious decision about how society and especially our built environments should be going forward.
DO YOU WANT TO USE GOLDEN LEAF FOR COMMUNITY BASED PROJECTS?
Yes, initially the actual planting itself will transform the pavement area alongside the road to a cafe society. This will make it more pleasant to spend time outside restaurants and cafes etc, more pleasant to walk along so encouraging physical activity rather than driving everywhere. The follow on from this is that traffic will be reduced. The air will be cleaner and our mental health will improve. We are planning to petition government to allow parts of the road to be closed for one Sunday per quarter for community events, street markets, festivals etc.