The Floating Pocket Park flowers, Merchant Square, Paddington

We're working together to create a canalside community that has minimal and even a positive impact on our environment.

Encouraging biodiversity

We are helping nature to thrive at Merchant Square in a number of ways.  Bug hotels and bird boxes have been placed on the Floating Pocket Park. The nesting island provides a haven for geese, ducks, coots and other waterfowl to roost and nest. Wildflowers such as Devils Bit Scabious, Great Burnet and Ragged Robin have become established, their seed heads providing a much-needed food source in winter. Ultra-sonic units control algae in waterways in an environmentally-friendly way.

Merchant Square won silver at the 2020 Green Apple Environment Awards in the Property & Estate Management/Conservation & Wildlife Category.

Wildlife at Merchant Square - Egyptian Goose

Floating Pocket Park

Opened in 2017, London’s first Floating Pocket Park is shared by people and wildlife. The park has a dedicated wildlife island with native waterside plants that attract ground-nesting waterfowl. The island is carefully managed to ensure nesting birds aren’t disturbed and wild plants can freely seed. The lighting system for the park is on a sensor to ensure that the lights are only on when needed.

In 2018, the Floating Pocket Park was awarded the Built Environment Award from the Canal and River Trust for bringing together communities and organisations, and enriching lives and the environment.

The Green Team at Merchant Square Paddington


The canal generates hundreds of tonnes of duckweed, much of which is turned into compost. Overall, 50% of bio waste from the estate is turned into compost, and the remainder is sent to small farms where it is utilized as feed for farm animals. Coffee waste from our restaurants is composted and used to feed the plants on the estate.  The team recycles batteries and ink cartridges and in 2019, recycled 100kg of these goods.

The Green Team at Merchant Square Paddington

Your Green Team

The team at Merchant Square is passionate about being green – even down to the shirts they wear!

Fast facts:

  • 11 acres of new public space
  • 75% of canal green waste turned into compost
  • 30 new trees planted
  • Winner of the VSG Securing Stars Award for Sustainability
Paddle and Pick canal cleaning, Merchant Square, Paddington

Future of Merchant Square

The estate at Merchant Square continues to grow with 3 new buildings to come. First up is a sustainable 16-storey Grade A office building at 2 Merchant Square.

We continually strive to be more sustainable and energy-efficient through new technologies and better education. We are always open to suggestions from our community so please get in touch if you have ideas.

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Eat & Drink

At Merchant Square you'll find bars, restaurants and a street food market - all set on the banks of the canal. Perfect for alfresco summer dining.

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See & Do

Explore London's waterways by boat or by board. Check out the fountain maze, the floating park & more.

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What’s On

See all the free events and activities at Merchant Square. Free open-air film screenings, dragon boat racing, summer concerts...

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