Mushroom Farm

22 Bishopsgate was delighted to host Philip Turvil, Grow Wild Programme Director at Kew Gardens, on the United Nations International Day for Biodiversity.

Philip shared inspiring stories and details of Grow Wild biodiversity approach and research findings, how nature benefits human health and wellbeing, and how to transform spaces and contribute to biodiversity through native wild flowers and fungi.

His passion about wild flowers and fungi was very infectious, and the 22 Bishopsgate team made the decision to exhibit a mushroom farm in our site offices. Mushroom kits were acquired and 22 Bishopsgate Sustainability Manager made all the relevant arrangements to develop a mushroom farm.

The main aim of the mushroom farm is to get people talking about fungi and spread the word about the crucial role that mushrooms play in biodiversity, ecosystems and human health and wellbeing.

The fungus growing in 22 Bishopsgate farm is a grey oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus), one of the few known carnivorous mushrooms. Oyster mushrooms can degrade toxic chemicals in the environment and may even be a link between eating them and a lowering in cholesterol.

We are planning to dry the oyster mushrooms, as they all grow at different times, and when enough numbers are gathered, we will organise an Oyster mushroom tasting day event, in collaboration with our catering team.

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