The Garden Bridge Trust today announced The Taylor Family Foundation as a major founding donor of the project.
The Foundation has made a £2m donation to one of the gardens on the bridge, on the north landing, with views on to The Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.
The Taylor Family Foundation is a private foundation which supports charities and organisations helping children and young people in the areas of education, health, recreation and the performing arts. Established in 2007, its patrons are Ian and Tina Taylor. Ian is also President and Chief Executive Officer of Vitol, one of the world’s largest independent oil and gas trading companies.
Commenting on the donation, Ian Taylor said: “The Garden Bridge is a fantastic project that will transform London’s landscape. It is a privilege for The Taylor Family Foundation to play a part in the development of a beautiful new landmark that will not only provide a new means of travelling across the Thames, but will be a destination in its own right for everyone to enjoy, free of charge.”
Lord Mervyn Davies, Chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust, commented: ‘’We are thrilled to have the Taylor Family Foundation on board as one of our major supporters. It is thanks to their generosity and the support of so many donors that London’s newest and most imaginative green space is coming to life.”
It will cost £175m to deliver the Garden Bridge project. More than 65% of the capital costs to build the bridge will be raised from the private sector. The Trust is well on the way to meeting its target, with £145m pledged already.
London’s Garden Bridge will be a stunning new public garden and pedestrian crossing, spanning the River Thames, linking the South Bank to Temple station. Designed by Heatherwick Studio, the Bridge will provide a vital new route between north and south London and features plants, 270 trees, woodland and meandering walkways to be used and enjoyed by all.
The Garden Bridge Trust is also committed to advancing public education, creating new jobs and training in horticulture and arboriculture on the Garden Bridge.