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 Chiswick Flower Market is
coming up roses — and
 THE first new London flower market in 150 years, which aims to rival the iconic Columbia Road in the East End, is coming up roses in Chiswick after a green-fingered chartered surveyor came up with an idea that flourished during lockdown.
Around 7,000 locals and visitors queued to buy flowers and plants on the new market at its launch on the first Sunday in September.
With a diverse mix of traders selling everything from traditional cut flowers to tropical house plants, the new market aims to revive the high street by becoming a major monthly attraction in West London, just as Columbia Road has breathed new life into its patch.
And it is all thanks to the seed of an idea which took root during lockdown.
Chartered surveyor Ollie Saunders learned about growing plants and flowers from his
grandmother, and has always loved all things green and flowering, even when his only outlet was window boxes at his London flat.
“I ended up getting an allotment and growing plants and flowers has kept me happy and sane for a lot of years now,” he said.
Ollie had often visited Columbia Road Sunday Flower Market and noticed how it had transformed that part of East London into a thriving, buzzy hub.
“Most Sundays, it’s hard to walk down Columbia Road and the eateries and café scene has really taken off there. All that didn’t exist 15 years ago,” he said.
Living in Chiswick, he lamented the ailing fortunes of the high street, and hit on the idea of a new monthly flower market to help revive the area.
Ollie said: “There is a massive car park in Chiswick High Road which used to be the site

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