Beech Gardens is one of the newest gardens in the City of London, bringing a modern horticultural approach to the planting of the Grade II listed Barbican Estate. Professor Nigel Dunnett, best known for his work at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, was commissioned to develop the concept and a planting scheme. The reinstated garden had to retain the existing layout and features while offering an exciting opportunity to maximise a range of benefits, such as increasing biodiversity and aesthetic value. The planting scheme includes 22,000 herbaceous plants, which provide colour and interest throughout the flowering season. In addition, 14 new multi-stemmed trees add structure, height and interest to the garden.