The Edible Bus Stop: Transforming Abandoned Spaces Through Urban Interventionism

edible-bus-stop(All images by McTumshie, reproduced with permission)

The Edible Bus Stop began as a guerrilla gardening project adjacent to a South London bus stop, and has flourished into a fully fledged example of urban interventionism. Seeking to transform neglected sites along London’s bus network, the project works with local communities in a bid to turn abandoned spaces into thriving neighbourhood hubs.

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The importance of green space within the built environment has become an increasing focus of Urban Ghosts, from New York’s High Line and Lowline to a Chicago train car transformed into a mobile urban park. The Edible Bus Stop mirrors other great examples of urban interventionism, from pothole gardens to urban homesteading.

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According to the website: “The Edible Bus Stop germinated from the need for green space within our cities and urban communities. We understand that a brutal landscape makes for a brutal outlook. Therefore, we explore high-end aesthetics at lower-end budgets to create garden designs that promote harmonious community growing spaces, demonstrating that good food and good design is not socially exclusive”.

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The Edible Bus Stop project aims to create a network of urban gardens harnessing the skills of local residents while providing communities with the tools they need to transform neglected spaces. The project officially opened on May 17 in Landor Road, London.

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