A fire station may seem like an unlikely place to find a garden, but the London Fire Brigade has unveiled more than 50 of its green spaces for Mental Health Awareness Week.
LFB shared a tweet featuring the gardens belonging to fire stations across London, created by firefighters.
The gardens are being described as positive spaces for mental health and wellbeing, and the ‘perfect place for crews to reflect and take some time’.
The sizes of the gardens vary and the pictures reveal firefighters have got creative and made the best of even the smallest of spaces.
Many have outdoor seating and a grass or turf area. Others have flowers or potted plants, shrubs, raised beds and decking.
Some make for a green oasis against the city backdrop, featuring murals and hanging baskets.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Over 50 of our fire stations have gardens, which have been created by our crews with help from community and environmental groups.
“Green spaces have a long-lasting positive impact on people’s mental well-being and the gardens offer firefighters a place to come to relax and unwind.”
In 2017 Brixton firefighters created a ‘Mindfulness Garden’ on the rooftop of their fire station working together with local community groups. The firefighters started to cultivate pot plants to brighten up the area, before then it had been a disused space over the office.