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Flowers, ferns and grass...growing vertically? Europe's largest living wall in the heart of Kent

So-called 'living walls' are a way of making buildings look more natural by covering them in vegetation, growing plants on the outside walls.

It's a measure which can also help to reduce air pollution.

The innovation has been labelled a crucial part of a major expansion project in Kent which also promises to bring up to 500 new jobs to the county.

In Ashford, a shopping centre has almost finished building what will be Europe's largest installation of living walls.

At 25,000 square feet, it'll be the size of 60 double decker buses

  • Watch Abigail Bracken's report below:

Covering 25,000 square feet, with 120,000 plants- grasses, ferns and flowers- growing up the side of the new extension to the Designer Outlet shopping centre in Kent.

Together, this will be Europe's largest living wall, in Ashford.

This will be Europe's largest living wall in Ashford Credit: ITV Meridian

The sheer volume of plants here at Ashford just gives so many benefits, an opportunity to reconnect with nature, an opportunity to immerse ourselves with nature and reconnecting with nature is so important to our sense of health and wellbeing.

– Richard Sabin, Living wall specialist
  • Richard Sabin- Living wall specialist:
  • Europe's largest living wall in numbers:
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Tennis courts = the size of Europe's largest living wall
2 years
Length of expansion process
90 mil
The cost to build the extension
It's taken two years to build Credit: ITV Meridian
500
New jobs made in Ashford
120,000
Plants on the wall, including grasses, ferns and flowers
  • Peter Coor- Centre manager:

While workers add the finishing touches ahead of the official opening on Thursday (07/11), these plants will keep the walls looking green, all year round.