Two Entrepreneurs Have Found An Innovative Use For An Abandoned Air Raid Shelter

An old underground shelter finds a new use as a greenhouse.

1. This is what the tunnel next to Clapham North tube station used to look like.

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2. And this is what it looks like now.

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3. Steven Dring and Richard Ballard have taken over the space.

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4. And now they’re growing herbs in it.

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5. The site, which they’ve called Zero Carbon Food, requires less energy than a typical greenhouse.

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6. Plus, everything grown there is pesticide free.

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“After spending two years planning the business and testing in the tunnels, we launched a crowd funding campaign,” said founder Steven Dring.

“Our intention is to raise the funds and expand into a commercial production. So far it’s going very well, we’ve raised just over £100,000 of our target which is £300,000 and we have some strong backing.”

7. It’s 2.5 acres in size, which is the same as a medium garden or a very large allotment.

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The tunnel was built as an air raid shelter during World War 2, with a view to expanding it into a full-blown railway after the war. But this never happened.

8. Except it’s way cooler.

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9. BECAUSE IT’S UNDER THE GROUND.

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Tabatha Leggett is head of buzz at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
 
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