The Edible Bus Stop is a project that germinated from the need for edible green space within our cities
The Edible Bus Stop originated as a guerrilla community garden, adjacent to a bus stop in Stockwell, south London, transforming a once forgotten space into a thriving edible garden and neighbourhood hub. The natural progression from this garden is to create London’s first Edible Bus Route, reclaiming neglected and disused spaces along the 322 bus route (Clapham Common to Crystal Palace). The Edible Bus Route aims to improve experience of journeys and waiting times at bus stops, but also to provide inspiration about growing healthy food, as well as a meeting place where all are welcome. Our vision is to have community gardens that will be part of a visible network, galvanising the immediate community and creating a larger network of edible growing spaces. All who work on the gardens are volunteers and our plants and seeds are donated by the community and supporters.
Grand Opening – May 18th 2013 Landor Road, SW9 – Lambeth Hospital Bus Stop (322 bus route)
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Having put out a call for designs and consulted the local community, we secured funding from Lambeth Council for our original EBS on Landor Road, SW9 to be re-landscaped. The build started in early February 2013. Volunteers dug up plants to be saved and are storing them in their gardens to be replanted once the new garden is finished. Our grand opening will start at 1pm on May 18th to coincide with the opening day of the Chelsea Fringe Festival. Southwark Children’s Brass Band will be playing an opening set – hopefully on top of an open topped double decker bus – and a ribbon cutting ceremony is planned. All are welcome to come along on the day and are invited to bring any spare edible seedlings or plants to donate and plant in the garden. The event will be a celebration of a site that has been transformed by people power and the love of growing edibles and is a perfect opportunity to join in for the greater good.
About the new garden design: Landor Road – Edible Bus Stop
The re-design of the Landor Road Edible Bus Stop was a collaborative process as a result of a community design competition in 2011. The design transforms the existing space while retaining the existing lines. The main structure uses reclaimed kerbstones sourced from within the Borough of Lambeth and the figure of 8 beds allow for direct routes or meandering walks across the space. The beds follows the organic shape of the pathways, and are constructed using kerbstones in a domino effect, reflecting the scope for the project to be rolled out along the 322 Bus Route. The kerbstones also represent the power of the community to engender its own space, and take responsibility for it. Like the traditional Cornish Hedge, but with an urban twist, the kerbstones provide support for the raised beds, while allowing for planting to cascade over the edges and grow within the gaps.
A new meeting place has been set out underneath the maple tree, where the community can gather, hold workshops and annual events, such as Harvest Festivals and Christmas Carol evenings. This area will incorporate one of 5 new seating areas across the garden. A mesh screen along the back of the garden provides a backdrop for climbing plants and espaliered fruit trees and allows for a new compost area hidden out of sight.
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Our aim is simple, to change the world, one bus stop at a time. Ding, ding, all aboard!