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World’s biggest container garden plans axed


Diarmuid Gavin’s Gateshead Urban Garden ‘overambitious’

Plans for the world’s largest shipping container garden, due to be built on the Gateshead bank of the Tyne have been shelved.

Designer Diarmuid Gavin’s concept, involving a multi-level complex with bars, cafes, food outlets and a steam train has been called ‘overambitious’ by Gateshead Council.

Planning permission was granted last December.

However, it says the site at Hillgate Quays will still be developed as part of the Great Exhibition of the North, which begins in June.

View from the Swing  Bridge towards the Tyne Bridge and the Sage - the site of the garden
View from the Swing Bridge towards the Tyne Bridge and the Sage – the proposed site of the garden

Shipping containers

About 60 shipping containers were going to be used on the site where the Tuxedo Princess and Tuxedo Royale boats used to be docked.

Officials stated ‘the technical, logistical and commercial aspects of this development… were unlikely to be realised within the timescales set out’.

The garden was part of the official programme for the Great Exhibition of the North and exhibition chairman Sir Gary Verity had described the plans as “ground-breaking”.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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