Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen came to Borough High Street on Wednesday to unveil a tree planted in his honour by the charity Trees for London and Malvern Water.
The planting celebrated the culmination of a project where Laurence was invited, alongside other celebrities including Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Ali G, to revamp a great British icon – the picnic hamper. Laurence's stunning design was auctioned off to raise money for the charity. Overall, the project raised around £11,000 for Trees for London.
Trees for London is spearheading a campaign to plant a million more trees in the capital in order to make it a greener and more pleasant place to live.
Laurence nurtured his tree – which can be found on the western side of Borough High Street between Lant Street and Great Suffolk Street – by watering it with Malvern Water to ensure it got off to the very best start.
He said: "I was delighted that Malvern invited me to get involved with this project and it was great to be able to support Trees for London. I have been designing for fifteen years now but I have never been asked to design the contents of a picnic hamper and I certainly haven't ever had a tree dedicated to me – I am absolutely thrilled."
The Llewellyn-Bowens are no strangers to Bankside and the Borough – Laurence's brother Ed's Bankside loft apartment in Hopton Street, complete with an interior designed by the Changing Rooms star himself, is currently on the market for £480,000.