Search

Oasis found in Whitechapel—but no water to drink

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:45 05 October 2010

AN OASIS with palm trees has been uncovered in London’s East End—but it’s dry. There’s no water. The Fieldgate Oasis’ in Whitechapel opened on Tuesday where people can take refuge from the hustle and bustle of daily life, but water may have slipped through bthe polanners’ fingers

AN OASIS with palm trees has been uncovered in London's East End-but it's dry. There's no water.

The 'Fieldgate Oasis' in Whitechapel opened on Tuesday where people can take refuge from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

It was unveiled by Tower Hamlets Council which has created the open green space in Fieldgate Street, opposite the famous Whitechapel bell foundry.

The converted wasteground, which the council admits isn't suitable for yet another 'city fringe' skyscraper, has several planters with palm trees, where people can take time out to sit or meet friends.

But a drinking fountain or small pool may have been overlooked, it seems.

"We seem to have missed out on that one," said council publicist Kate Taylor.

"What's an oasis without water? We'll have to look into that one."

Artist Chris Warmington has been working with East End community groups to create designs to decorate the larger tree planter at the heart of the oasis.

Another element missing from this little paradise just off the busy Whitechapel Road is sand.

The designers have gone for lush grass and palm trees.

But sand also seems to have slipped through their fingers.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the East London Advertiser