Union Street Urban Orchard
Designed and produced by:
In collaboration with The Architecture Foundation, Bankside Open Spaces Trust and ProjectARKs
Following the London Festival of Architecture 2010 and lasting through the autumn, the site of 100 Union Street in SE1 was transformed into an urban orchard and community garden.
Designed by Heather Ring of the Wayward Plants for The Architecture Foundation and built with the help of Bankside Open Spaces Trust and an array of other helpful volunteers, the garden regenerated a disused site in Bankside and created a place for exchange between local residents and visitors to the Festival.
The Urban Orchard was also home to the LivingARK, a zero-carbon pod which is inhabited during the period of the project to showcase sustainable ways of living, as well as hosting The Nest, a pavilion created by the Finnish Institute, the Identikit by Thomas Kendal and Tamsin Hanke and a skip turned table tennis table created by Oliver Bishop-Young.
In September, the garden was dismantled and all the trees were given to local estates and other community gardens to remain as a lasting legacy of the 2010 London Festival of Architecture.