The London Blossom Garden

Connecting circles of blossom trees and rescued timbers for truly circular design. 

Local craftspeople collaborated on the benches made with timber reclaimed within the city for London’s Blossom Garden. The reused elements complete the design ethos and biodiversity plan for the park which supports our natural world.

Truly Reclaimed Tropical timber bench
Biodiversity at London Blossom Garden

See the stories behind Truly Reclaimed materials supplied by
Ashwells Reclaimed Timber


A few everyday things equivalent to 7,856kgsCO2e:

1/2 a UK citizens

annual carbon footprint


MacBook laptops

2 return flights

from London to Hong Kong

Three types of timber were salvaged from across London to come together for the project.

Greenheart for the benches and the garden’s winding walkways were reclaimed from Duke Shore Wharf located on the riverside in Limehouse. The area originally got its name from the local lime kilns and Samuel Pepys referred to it in his diary after a visit to a porcelain factory. A favourite for marine constructions, greenheart is one of the strongest timbers in the world. 
Also known as Red Ironwood for its’ colour and durability, Ekki has a high breaking strength. The Ekki reused for the benches was reclaimed from Marwood Hire, Barking in East London.
Jarrah for the benches was reclaimed from the Olympic Park before finding its second life in the garden.
Truly Reclaimed Timber batons in London benches
London Blossom Garden project design

Project Team


Designers: Davies White Landscape Architects and The Edible Bus Stop

Woodworker: Dan Gritten worked on the benches co-designed by Junior Phipps of Conscious Forms and Mak Gilchrist of the EBS.

Truly Reclaimed timber supplier: Ashwells Reclaimed Timber 

Location: (close to Timber Lodge Café) Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park Avenue, London E20 1DY, UK

Built: 2021 

The Salvo Code

Truly Reclaimed is sister to the Salvo Code, a peer-reviewed community of businesses dealing in architectural salvage and reclaimed material that meet high standards in responsible sourcing. Founded in 1995, the Code is a world-leading reclamation assurance scheme, look for the crane logo – an ancient symbol of vigilance – the sign of Salvo members.