A new design competition from the Edible Bus Stop is inviting designers to transform London’s transport routes

A bust stop after a makeover from the Edible Bus Stop group
A bust stop after a makeover from the Edible Bus Stop group

London’s on track for it’s first edible bus route. A new design competition from the Edible Bus Stop project is inviting students, graduates and practices to transform all the neglected and disused spaces along the 322-bus route from Clapham Common to Crystal Palace. Designers are encouraged to incorporate sustainable materials, in particular reclaimed, recycled and reused, into their proposals.

Working closely with each community, the Edible Bus Stop project’s ambition is to provide the framework for them to utilise these neglected spaces productively and provide harmonious community spaces – demonstrating that good design is not socially exclusive. Brett Aggregates and their ‘Love your Landscape’ programme are providing the materials and assistance to make the winning proposal a reality. The submissions will be featured on the Edible Bus Stop online gallery and a shortlist will be exhibited at the West Norwood site on 26 May as part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival.

A guerilla gardening movement, the Edible Bus Stop project was kick started by a reaction to property developers selling off the flowerbeds on London’s Landor Road in SW9 in 2011. The project now has two active sites at Lambeth Hospital and West Norwood, with three more at the planning stage.

As a grass roots project, the Edible Bus Stop is run entirely by volunteers and is reliant on donations and sponsorship. The goal is to promote food growing in inner city areas – this year they are planting vegetables in the Olympic colours.

It might be early days, but Will Sandy, one of the project’s landscape architects, said: “Our hope for the future is to see the concept rolled out over bus stops around London and the UK, and to start growing edible bus and train stations.”

The Edible Bus Stop will also be showcasing its work at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show, the National Gardening Show and London Pleasure Gardens.

The closing date for submissions is Thursday 17 May. For more information, visit www.theediblebusstop.org

 

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