MOBILE ALLOTMENT 2009-10



Funded ACE and Unltd
In partnership with Avant-Gardening http://www.avantgardening.org 
and Well Care (Nightingale Estate.

Mobile Allotment was housed on Nightgale Estate 2009 (Woolwich, London) and
Oaklands Primary School 2010 (Bethnal Green, London).
www.avantgardening.org/projects/the.mobile.sensory.garden

As well, Mobile Allotment visited various Green Fairs and Festivals including Hackney Wick Festival, Barbican, and the Thames Festival.


Mobile Allotment is a mobile, temporary vegetable garden that invites local residents in urban locations to grow fresh vegetables within the city on existing public spaces.  This project shares the pleasures and rewards of gardening with people who do not have the opportunity because they live in an urban environment.  As well, it attempts to expand the possibilities of how we use public spaces for communal benefits and the degrees participation and belonging that can be cultivated.



Background



Mobile Allotment draws on the traditions of allotments in the UK and other European countries.  Allotments were a necessity during the war year food shortages and now have enjoyed a recent resurgence due to the greater importance placed on organic and local production coupled with rising food prices. Often times, unwanted unusual spaces in urban centres were used for allotments because of their easy accessibility and availability; thus transforming “unused” land into communal spaces. Furthermore allotment garden is characterised by a strong community spirit, passionate individuals and a generous sharing of knowledge, work, and of course food! 


Allotments in London are notoriously difficult to obtain, plagued with impossible waiting lists and scarcity.  However with renewed interest in local food production and healthy eating, the demand for allotments has intensified.  Unfortunately, the needs on urban land seem to overpower allotments, leaving less available space for these communal vegetable gardens.

Mobile at Nightingale Estate, Woolwich (London)


Mobile Allotment in front of Mayor's Office, London
Mobile Allotment at Hackney Wick Green Fair, 2010