I’ve made a short documentary about the Edible Bus Stop (no it isn’t made of chocolate), a community gardening project which began in Stockwell and which is now spreading to at least a couple of other sites in south London.
Two end of terrace houses were destroyed in World War Two and never replaced, leaving a wide piece of pavement on Landor Road which came to be home to a bus stop, telephone box and a few – apparently neglected – flower beds. When a planning proposal was made to build two houses a couple of years ago, a community effort resulted instead in the construction of a community garden instead – the Edible Bus Stop was born.
Apart from being a completely charming example of community-led public realm improvement, the Edible Bus Stop is playing into wider debates about food production and urban greening in London, dovetailing with both the Transition Towns movement and the Greater London Authority’s pocket parks initiative.
Listen to my documentary to find out more, and my thanks to the volunteer gardeners and others involved for their help in making it. There are more of my photos down the page.