London is a densely populated city, so it’s hard to imagine that there could be a hydroponic farm producing all kinds of vegetables, lettuce, in his heart. However, it turns out that this is the most possible, you only have to go down a few dozen meters below the surface of the earth, to old tunnels from the Second World War.
Growing Underground is an untypical undertaking by Richard Ballard and Steven Dring, who have teamed up with Michelin-starred Michel Roux Michel. Its goal is local quality vegetable production, and underground tunnels located about 3 km from the city center seem to be the ideal location for this task.
Tunnels at a depth of 33 meters are located under the North Subway Line and lead to Clapham, where once shelters were sheltered to protect the population during the bombardment, which could cover some 8,000 people. Now they have been rebuilt into a controlled environment and serve to grow vegetables that are not disturbed by the weather and the seasons. It is also pesticide free and consumes 70 percent less water compared to standard farms. Energy also needs very little, and additionally it comes from green suppliers.