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LONDON'S UNDERGROUND BUNKERS NOW BLOOMING VEGETABLE GARDENS

Deep beneath London’s suburbs lies a gigantic vegetable garden farming hundreds of thousands of the capital’s freshest microgreens.

Since 2015, Growing Underground has adopted one of eight underground World War Two bomb shelters to grow plentiful, pesticide-free produce. The farming happens entirely indoors, away all from traditional means of harvesting greens, according to a special report by Euronews


The project burst into the fresh produce market as the “world’s first subterranean farm” and hasn’t looked back since.


Entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring saw a valuable opportunity to bolster the city’s green economy and make use of the otherwise abandoned tunneling 10 stories below ground level.


The energy used to farm these foods is 100 percent renewable. Customers can look forward to supplies of greens such as watercress and micro rocket, as well as herbs like Thai basil and garlic chives.


Ballard was able to make his dream a reality using climate-controlled elements such as LED heating and recycled water. Growing Underground’s inner workings are a real vision - rows and rows of greens, stabilized beneath a purple hue. As of 2019, it’s been possible to tour the unique growing space, exploring the eight 91-meter-long tunnels.



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