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Breaking Down Barriers
Wed 31 May, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm BSTFree
AN EDIBLE BUS STOP HAPPENING – WEDNESDAY 31ST MAY 1PM – 5PM – SOCIAL PLANTING – ALL WELCOME
COME ALONG, ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES AND BE PART OF GARDENING FOR THE COMMON GOOD
BACKGROUND ON THE SITE: Southwyck House, aka The Barrier Block, is one of Brixton’s most recognised landmarks. Its definitive exterior ‘zig zag’ design has become part of Brixton’s graphic identity and is featured on the local currency – the Brixton Pound. Built in the 1980’s it was designed as a barrier to a then proposed motorway flyover that was set to tear through the heart of Brixton and thankfully never happened. The estate’s history has been fairly chequered and has seen some low points, but in recent years, has become far more family friendly and community minded. (The estate’s story is succinctly summarised on the local blog, the Brixton Buzz)
In late summer 2016, we were approached by leading street furniture designers and manufacturers, Vestre who were seeking a location to re-house a range of street furniture that had been on display elsewhere. We contacted the Brixton BID, and together with the BID, consulted with the local community. The central entrance to the Barrier Block (Coldharbour Lane, opposite Valentia Place) was identified as an ideal site.
As we planted the three fruit trees in September 2016 and spoke to passers-by of the 70+ plants being added to the existing flower beds, huge smiles greeted the concept of an edible garden for the residents. The Brixton BID is now funding a second round of community planting which we are organising to be part of The Chelsea Fringe Festival 2017. Here come the berries…
This is a revolution of the edible kind. This is breaking down barriers with good design. This is Brixton at its best!
The Edible Bus Stop Studio is a London based award winning Landscape Architecture & Design Consultancy. We transform spaces into design led active places in both permanent & temporary settings, inspiring a wider audience to engage in social & environmental issues.
And we plant strawberries, what’s there not to love?
- London postcode (first part)
- London Borough
- Printed map reference
- Project contact name at the venue
- Mak Gilchrist
- Central Entrance, Southwyck House
London, Greater London SW9 8QH United Kingdom + Google Map