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Palm tree oasis of calm’ uncovered in London’s East End

PUBLISHED: 16:59 17 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:43 05 October 2010

AN OAISIS with palm trees has been uncovered in London’s inner city East End—but it may have no water. The Fieldgate Oasis’ in Whitechapel opens tomorrow (Tuesday) when people can take refuge from the hustle and bustle of daily life

AN OAISIS with palm trees has been uncovered in London’s inner city East End—but it may have no water.

The Fieldgate Oasis’ in Whitechapel opens tomorrow (Tuesday) when people can take refuge from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

It is being unveiled by Tower Hamlets Council which has created the open green space in Fieldgate Street, on the corner of Plumbers Row opposite the Whitechapel bell foundry, with benches and bike racks.

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

NO WATER!

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

But a drinking fountain or small pool may have been left 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.”

Another element missing from this East End’s own oasis just off the busy Whitechapel Road is sand.

The designers have gone for lush grass and palm trees, plus a few decorative mosaics to reflect the cultural history of the area. But sand appears to have slipped through the net.

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