The Union Street Urban Orchard

The Union Street Urban Orchard

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Good Bye Urban Orchard

Sadly the Union Street Urban Orchard has finished.  All our trees and plants have found new homes and been located onto local estates and existing community gardens in SE1. We would like to thank you all for visiting, helping and enjoying the Orchard while it was around.  It was lovely to hear such great comments about the project.

About the Union Street Urban Orchard

Following the London Festival of Architecture 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  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. Central to the design of the orchard was a plant exchange: people contributed hundreds of plants from their homes to creating an ever-evolving garden that was truly built by the community. A series of workshops and activities took place in the Orchard over the few months it was open.

The Urban Orchard was also home to the LivingARK, a zero-carbon pod which was inhabited during the period of the project to showcase sustainable ways of living.  The site also hosted The Nest, a pavilion created by the Finnish Institute, the Identikit by Thomas Kendall 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.

This project was delivered in collaboration between Wayward Plants, The Architecture Foundation, Bankside Open Spaces Trust and ProjectARKs.

What’s next?

Wayward Plants returned to 100 Union Street in 2011 creating a follow-up to the orchard — the Urban Physic Garden! Shaped by the hospital and pharmacy, the garden celebrated medicinal plants and the health and well-being of urban environments. To get involved in future projects, sign up here!

The Architecture Foundation has published a book documenting the process by which the Union Street Urban Orchard was conceived, constructed and used, and presents it as a case study to inspire others to think creatively about how empty spaces in the city can be used.  You are able to purchase a copy by visiting The Architecture Foundation website.