Nature calling: how can Sweden’s success story help rewild London?

The transformation of a Swedish shipyard into a leafy haven inspired the UK capital’s ‘urban greening factor’ plan

If you want to see the best of what the city of Malmö’s “green points” system can achieve, head into a neighbourhood called Bo01, says landscape architect Anne Brontér. There, on the waterfront of the Western Harbour, you’ll find a cluster of housing blocks, each different from the next, but all centred on a nature-filled courtyard.

Sandwiched between parks, these courtyards, meeting spaces and pocket parks, are home to beds planted with a mix of native herbs and wildflowers, creeper plants and sustainable stormwater drains that double as wildlife ponds.

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