Follow the edible trail down Pavilion Road. Words by Cally Squires.



The artisan district of Pavilion Road was formally completed in July with the opening of seafood restaurant and fishmonger The Sea, The Sea.

To mark this milestone, Cadogan has planted an edible trail for residents and visitors to forage and follow.

The trail includes herbs and fruits as well as recipe ideas.

A group of Chelsea Pensioners braved the hottest day of the year in uniform the mark the special occasion in true Chelsea style.

Plants will change seasonally throughout the year. The idea is to inspire people to grow their own at home, whether in a garden, on a balcony or even just on a windowsill.

Head Gardener of the Cadogan Estate, Peter Oates, designed the trail.

He had the growing trend of micro-gardening, and the wellbeing associated with the green fingered hobby, fully in mind.



Fruits and herbs

Along the trail, you will find heritage plants, such as the Chelsea fig.

You can also see seasonal fruits that thrive in the local climate. These include the Riesling grape vine, blueberries, apples, pears, blackberries and strawberries.

There will be recipe pots which include all the main ingredients required to make something scrumptious like an apple crumble.

You can also find flavoured green tea pots, These include a Camelia Sinensis (tea plant) and other ingredients such as mint and chamomile.

Find herbs and spices to activate the senses.

You can also spot ready-planted pineapples, pomegranate and banana trees.

Map to guide you

Begin at the entrance to the road. Here you’ll find a beautiful hand-painted map, designed by illustrator Claire Spake.

Each planter you come across will house a brass plaque. It will be etched with a QR code which, when scanned by a smartphone, will present information, recipes and gardening tips.

With the environment in mind, the trail uses peat-free compost, sustainable plant feed in the form of mulch and absolutely no plastic pots.

Plus the compost used for the fruit is made from wool and bracken.

Even the water supply that is used to hydrate the various plants is taken from tanks that collect rain water under the road.


To book a tour with Peter, or attend a workshop or tasting on the road, visit the edible trail website.


This article was originally published in Sloane Square magazine which you can read here.

For other stories about the Chelsea and Kensington areas, visit our website.

You may like to read Green Eileen about how King’s Road fashion house Eileen Fisher has always put the environment first.

Or read Food Revolution about how the man behind Chelsea-based greengrocer Natoora is shaking up the food system.