London’s WWII Air Raid Shelters Transformed Into Underground Farms

London’s WWII Air Raid Shelters Transformed Into Underground Farms

Zero Carbon Food aims to bring local produce to Londoners by utilizing abandoned tunnels deep under the city streets.

Kristen Nozell
  • 5 february 2014

Zero Carbon Food is an ambitious new London-based venture by British entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring that brings agriculture to a previously unused space within the M25: WWII air raid shelters beneath the Northern Line. The tunnels, which do not share air with the Underground, allow 2.5 acres of produce to be grown hydroponically 33 meters beneath the city. Besides the benefits of hyper-local production, the hydroponic system uses 70 percent less water than traditional open-field farming. Additionally, the indoor system allows for year-round production with LED lights, reducing the need for imported goods.


Leafy greens, herbs and microgreens are already growing in the space, and a current fundraising campaign on Crowdcube will help the venture reach a commercial level. The retail and wholesale operation will function under the moniker Growing Underground. Check out the pitch below:

Source: Inhabit, Zero Carbon Food

Images: Zero Carbon Food

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