|VACANT LOT : Pitfield Estate|
|Commission: Shoreditch Trust
Funding: Arts Council England, Charles Square and Pitfield Tenant and Resident Association, Groundwork East London, Hackney Homes, Hackney Borough Council, LOVE LONDON Festival, London Festival of Architecture
Site locations: Chart Street, Shoreditch N1
Start on site: May 2007-ongoing
With the help of: Daniel Callego, Abraham O'Dude, Maxwell Hutchinson, Speaker of Hackney Cllr Faizullah Khan
How might you meet the demand for ‘grow-your-own’ within dense urban areas where available land is scarce? What-if: projects together with local residents of an inner city housing estate in Shoreditch have come up with a novel solution:
Grow your own greens in a bag
What if: projects have been mapping vacant and neglected spaces that surround the housing estates of inner city London. The team has been developing strategies for how these unloved spaces can be appropriated to accommodate the needs of the local population. The VACANT LOT project addresses the basic need for food and an outside space for the neighbourhood to socialise. The first Vacant Lot allotment on a housing estate in Hoxton was realised as a temporary intervention commissioned by the Shoreditch Festival 2007 and continues to be used as an allotment by the local community.
Since June 2007 local residents are carefully tending a spectacular array of vegetables, salads, fruit and flowers in their individual plots and, in addition insects and birds have moved in and thrive in this new natural habitat. Plot holders take care of their individual plots and tend to visit the garden on a regular basis. VACANT LOT has become a place for meeting neighbours, BBQs’, sitting in the sun, playing and gardening. Plot holders of different age groups and cultural backgrounds meet, exchange food, seeds and gardening advice. A new sense of community has emerged.
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