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No Kew to praise the garden bridge

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The charity behind plans for London’s controversial Garden Bridge launched a new PR offensive last week.

Stung perhaps by criticism of the project’s impact, cost and procurement, not least in the AJ, the Garden Bridge Trust released a statement claiming support from worthies including ‘teams from Kew Gardens’.

Heatherwick Garden Bridge

Source: Arup

What this actually meant, it turned out, was backing from financier Marcus Agius, chair of the Kew trustees, who called it a ‘brilliant way to capture London’s 21st-century zeitgeist’.

Kew Gardens itself was keen to point out that Agius was supporting the bridge in a ‘personal capacity’ and that the gardens itself ‘is not involved in this particular initiative’.




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