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London Underground and RSPB launch 150 Homes for Nature
School children from east London have created a 'home for nature' with London Underground (LU) and the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). On 18 December they planted 150 trees, shrubs and wild flowers to create a wildlife area which will help provide a new habitat for wildlife in the Capital.
The habitat, which borders the railway embankment near Newbury Park Tube station on the Central line, will attract birds, small woodland animals and insects, as well as replace trees lost due to severe storm damage in November.
This environmental project is part of the 150th anniversary celebrations, and will see 150 Homes for Nature created across the network.
LU manages the equivalent of over 28 Hyde Parks of land across the Tube network. As part of its commitment to making London a greener and better place to live, LU and the RSPB are working together to manage this land responsibly.
Other Homes for Nature will be added such as hedgehog homes, bird boxes and beetle hotels made from logs from old trees.
Phil Hufton, Chief Operating Officer at London Underground, said: 'I'd like to thank the Oaks Park High School students and the RSPB for helping us with this fantastic environmental project to celebrate the 150th anniversary of London Underground.
'We want to ensure that the Tube is fit for future generations. The Underground system is not just about trains and stations but also covers acres of land above and below the city. 'Creating this nature area will attract and support wildlife, replace storm damaged trees and create a greener and more pleasant place to play in.'
15 highlights for 150
Here are 15 highlights that have taken place so far throughout the anniversary year:
1. Steam train run
Celebrations began on January 9 2013 with a steam train run along the same track used today. Hundreds of spectators saw the Century Met Locomotive 1 as its made its way from Kensington Olympia to Moorgate, taking the route of the first journey from Paddington and Farringdon.
2. 150 Londoners share their Tube stories
150 Londoners told us their stories about the positive impact the Tube has had on their lives. Their stories show the role the Tube plays in the lives of Londoners, connecting people and places across the capital. This was part of an exciting partnership with the Evening Standard, which shared news and views on the Tube throughout the year.
3. 150 exhibition tours stations
A large freestanding 3D exhibition toured stations throughout 2013. It travelled from Farringdon to Baker Street, Stratford, Blackfriars, King's Cross St Pancras and Heathrow Terminals 123, before returning to Farringdon. The exhibition covered the three main parts of the Tube 150 campaign - culture and design, heritage, and moving forward.
4. Poster exhibition at London Transport Museum
The 'Poster Art 150 - London Underground's Greatest Designs' exhibition' showcases 150 of the greatest Underground posters ever produced. Posters were selected from the Museums's archive of over 3,300 Underground posters. The exhibition run has been extended to 5 Jan 2014.
5. A Royal visit to Baker Street
Her Majesty The Queen, HRH Duke of Edinburgh and HRH Duchess of Cambridge visited Baker Street Undeground station. They met Tube staff and took a closer look at London Underground's (LU's) historic and future fleet.
6. A blue plaque to honour tube map designer Harry Beck
In March, Harry Beck was commemorated with an English Heritage blue plaque at his birthplace in Leyton. Beck's map become a London icon and influenced the design of many Metro maps across the globe.
7. Labyrinth: a unique artwork for every station
Mark Wallinger, one of the UK's leading contemporary artists, created a major new artwork series for London Underground to celebrate the 150th anniversary. A unique artwork was installed at every one of the Tube's 270 stations in 2013.
8. Behind the scenes with London Transport Museum
London Transport Museum hosted a series of behind-the-scenes events and tours, allowing visitors to explore their impressive collection of objects. This included a specialist event about Met Carriage No. 353 - the only surviving Metropolitan Railway first class four-wheeled 'Jubilee' carriage - as well as chances to visit the Depot's impressive historic collection of over 400,000 objects.
9. 15 artworks for 150
15 contemporary artists created images for reproduction as posters and limited edition prints.The posters were installed at Gloucester Road, Southwark, St. James's Park and London Bridge in June. More have since gone up in Stratford, Embankment and Stanmore.
10. Tube 150 and the Chelsea Flower Show
To celebrate the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London Underground publicised the event with a special poster depicting the tube map with its coloured lines as flowers.
11. Lego Tube maps
Lego has marked the 150th anniversary of the Tube by recreating five Tube Maps made entirely out of Lego bricks. The maps show how the Tube map has evolved over the years and were displayed in major London Underground stations throughout the summer.
12. Underground train carriage at the Lord Mayor's show
The oldest Underground train carriage still in use was turned into a float for Londoners and visitors to enjoy during the Lord Mayor's show.
13. Aldwych Station - A Secret Underground Journey
Public tours of Aldwych station - which closed in 1994 - took place in November.
14. An ice tube carriage in Lapland
To celebrate the 150th anniversary, British film director Marcus Dillistone has designed a Mind the Gap suite at the world famous Icehotel in Swedish Lapland. The bed is of made of ice and shaped like a Tube carriage.
Every year, suites at the Icehotel are designed by artists from all around the world. This is just one of 12 cabins carved from ice chosen from designs from 200 artists.
Icehotel is 200km north of the Arctic Circle. The first guests for the Ice Suites arrived in mid December.
15. Tube anniversary gifts and products
Collectable souvenirs and gifts to mark this anniversary year, from books and posters to stamps, glassware and gifts are available from the TfL shop and London Transport Museum.
Nike trainers based on the 1978 District line moquette, designed to celebrate LU150, are also available from Nike.
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Tube maps by Lego
To mark the London Underground's 150th anniversary celebration LEGO created five Tube maps with LEGO bricks, which will be displayed in major London Underground stations throughout summer 2013. The Five LEGO Tube maps show how the network has evolved over the years, starting from 1927 through to the proposed future network in 2020. These LEGO maps are displayed in ticket halls of major London Underground:
- 1927 South Kensington
- 1933 Piccadilly Circus (Harry Beck's original map)
- 1968 Green Park
- 2013 Stratford
- 2020 King's Cross (including Crossrail, the proposed Croxley Rail Link and the proposed Northern Line Extension)
LEGO Tube map - the vital statistics
- Each map is made up of over 1000 LEGO bricks
- The LEGO Tube maps measure 140cm x 100cm
- EAch map took four days to build
- Created by Duncan Titmarsh, the UK's only Certified LEGO Professional - there are only 13 in the world
Art on the Underground
Art on the Underground's programme in 2013 includes a major commission by artist Mark Wallinger, whose project Labyrinth brings a new artwork to each of the 270 stations on the Underground.
Labyrinth is accompanied by an exciting range of opportunities to engage further with this epic set of art works. There are public events including Tube tours and talks, alongside the Labyrinth Schools Poster Competition, an artist-led project with young people to create new artwork at three stations, and opportunities to share your Tube journeys and experiences of encountering the Labyrinth artworks on your travels.
There is also 15 for 150 - 15 leading contemporary artists have each been commissioned by Art on the Underground to create an image as a lasting visual legacy of the anniversary. These works will be available as limited edition prints and posters. You can see all the artworks on the 15 for 150 Facebook gallery. Other activities include screenings of Tube-themed films from the BFI archive at Canary Wharf station and two new Tube map cover commissions.
Labyrinth is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, with additional support from JCDecaux. 15 for 150 is supported by Links Signs Vitreous Enamellers.
With thanks to our sponsors Cubic Transportation Systems, Siemens, CBS Outdoor, Canary Wharf Group, Costain and Invensys and Virgin Media.