Laura Sharman 19 May 2015

London council creates ‘tree office’

A London borough has found an unusual way to tackle London’s work space shortage by starting work on a ‘Tree Office’.

Built around a tree trunk in Hackney’s Tech City, the new Tree Office will provide co-working space for businesses and community groups, generated money to improve the borough’s parks and green spaces.

The project is being delivered by Hackney Council, Groundwork London and Arts Admin as part of Park Hack. Park Hack is one of 11 projects piloting new business models to generate greater investment in parks and open spaces.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, the council’s cabinet member for health, social care and culture said: ‘The council has partnered with a range of organisations to launch this innovative project which will help provide unique workspace in the heart of borough’s tech cluster that is home to thousands of small, growing businesses.

‘Also helping to generate funding for the borough’s beautiful parks and open spaces, the innovative design of the ‘Tree Office’ will provide a space not only where people can work and meet, but also to interact with the natural environment, a vastly different experience from working in a modern office.’

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