The Union Street Urban Orchard

The Union Street Urban Orchard

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The Union Street Urban Orchard has been conceived to feed into the Bankside Urban Forest vision set out by Witherford Watson Mann Architects. This vision looks at creating an ‘urban forest’ within the context of this area of London. It focuses on nurturing and stimulating wildlife and establishing clear ‘places of exchange’ where members of the local community, be they residents, workers or passers by, can meet and interact with one another.

On the occasion of the London Festival of Architecture 2010 therefore an Urban Orchard has been created.  This community space will act as a ‘place of exchange’ for visitors to the Festival and the local community.

85 trees make up the orchard as well as a whole host of wayward plants.  The garden will last from 19 June – 19 September after which the garden will be dismantled and all the plants and trees will go out into Bankside to green this space and thus contribute to the Bankside Urban Forest vision.

Replanted on estates and other local community spaces these trees act as a lasting legacy of the 2010 London Festival of Architecture.

We are currently looking for homes for many of the elements of the garden so please get in touch should you live in Bankside and wish to put in a claim for something.  Please contact Moira Lascelles, Consultant Curator on

Tree destinations – Legacy

Locations of where the trees will be going once the orchard has been dismantled.
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