The Edible Bus Stop
Originating as a guerilla garden project adjacent to a bus stop in South London, The Edible Bus Stop TM aims to transform neglected sites across London’s transport network into valuable community growing spaces. We believe that a brutal landscape makes for a brutal outlook. The idea germinated from the need for more green space within our cities and urban communities and that planting edibles is a most inclusive way of getting people involved.
Our objective is to create a network of gardens whereby skills and resources are shared via our Edible Bus Stop TM umbrella organization. We work closely with communities to provide them with the necessary framework to utilise neglected public spaces in a productive fashion while incorporating the principals of high end design to raise their profile.
Alongside this we have developed an installations arm ‘The Edible Bus Stop presents’ TM Creating pop-up planted sculptural installations for corporate events or public festivals that fuse art, design, music, food and fashion.
The Edible Bus Stop has been recognised by the Royal Horticulture Society, 10 Downing Street, Olympic Local Leaders 2012 initiative, Observer Ethical Awards, Mayor of London, The South Bank Centre, The Telegraph’s ‘Gardening Against the Odds Awards’, The Observers ‘Ethical Innovators’ column and are finalists in the Virgin Money and Start UK’s ‘Be the Start’ competition.
What all our projects have in common is that they are design led, inclusive and playful. We aim to put a smile on your face and inspire you to get involved.
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“This fantastic new ‘pocket park’ has turned this small corner of Stockwell into a plentiful oasis of calm and produce for the whole community to enjoy. It is the first of many similar mini transformations to come across the capital. By making the most of our small, and often forgotten, outdoor spaces and providing greenery and meeting places we can make London an even better place to live, work and invest in.”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson
“We’re really excited to be funding these projects – they look fantastic and the Assessment Panel were unanimously in favour of funding them.”
Lisa Bennett - Senior Policy and Programmes Officer, Environment, Greater London Authority
“This is a fantastic project, the people living around here have done a great job in turning a neglected piece of land into a gardening project that has improved the area and brought people together.”
Cllr Imogen Walker, cabinet member for Environment and Sustainability London Borough of Lambeth
“Most people would not have the determination nor the energy to take this kind of initiative forwards for long enough to allow it to come to fruition. The determination and confidence in their product lies beneath a smiling exterior which is completely disarming. Theirs is a lesson for us all. There is no doubt that this endeavour is of invaluable worth to the community, but persuading local authorities of the need to look beyond the balance sheet is sometimes seemingly impossible. Nothing is impossible to this duo, though. They are an inspiration and thoroughly deserve support from us all.
Annie Maw – Chairperson of the National Gardening Show, Former High Sheriff of Somerset, on judging panel for The Telegraph’s ‘Gardening Against the Odds’ competition.
“With charm and persistence, the Edible Bus Stop team have not only won over local communities and London Transport, but also that bastion of the gardening establishment, the Royal Horticultural Society.”
Ruth Jamieson – Guardian Gardening - The Edible Bus Stop: Transforming urban space one stop at a time
“We have always been impressed with their integrity, focus and with the originality of their work.
Many a lesser organisations would have thrown in the towel when faced with the challenges – often thrown up by the establishment and authorities – that this small incredibly dedicated team have and continue to face. Their immense dedication is perhaps the main reason that we, (Cleeve Nursery) have and will continue to support this exciting professional small team.”
Alan Down, Proprietor of Cleeve Nursery and Western Daily Press Horticultural Correspondent.
“I love it “
Will Alsop OBE RA
“One thing that jarred during the Garden Museum event, was the suggestion that what Britain needs, is more “Josh and Robs” to propel such ideas (Josh and Rob being the co-founders of Friends of the High Line). I found this quite difficult to swallow. I have met many British Joshes and Robs – people who have created wonderful projects such as the Edible Bus Stop in south London, which consists of community vegetable gardens in the pavements by bus stops.”
Tim Richardson – The Telegraph - A High Line for London’s all very well, but what about the Low Line?
“You are at the vanguard of vegetable activism”
The Duchess of Northumberland
The Edible Bus Stop – Press Highlights
ITV Television News March 18th 2013 covers the announcement that the Edible Bus Stop has been awarded funding by the Mayor of London Pocket Parks program to redevelop its community gardens on Landor Road, SW9 and Norwood Road, SE27.
The Guardian covers the Edible Bus Stop project, its Riot of Colour garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the garden’s move to the London Pleasure Gardens in time for the Olympics, and EBS’s next project at the National Gardening Show.
The Telegraph hosts The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012 in pictures with The Edible Bus Stop presented in photos 13, 14, and 15.
The Guardian announced that the Edible Bus Stop has been shortlisted in the Grassroots Community Challenge Category of the prestigious Observer Ethical Awards for 2012, which celebrate the projects, ideas, campaigns and activists making sustainable change a reality.
BBC reporter and producer Elisa Kennedy talks to The Edible Bus Stop about community gardening.
The Telegraph investigates a new breed of gardening pioneer groups intent on breaking down social barriers through grow-your-own veg, one of which is The Edible Bus Stop.
The Independent highlights The Edible Bus Stop as a participant in the Chelsea Fringe, a three-week festival of horticulture, community gardening and performance art where the only price will be the cost of a bus or train ticket to get to the events, which are scattered throughout London.
Huck put an open call out to readers to show what they love about the public spaces that surround their home for its Public Space Issue no. 30, and The Edible Bus Stop answered.
Virgin asked The Edible Bus Stop to guest blog about the guerilla garden movement and how you can get involved.
The Atlantic profiles The Edible Bus Stop
Current Edible Bus Stops
Lambeth Hospital Bus Stop, Route 322, Landor Road, Lambeth, London SW9
West Norwood Fire Station Bus Stop H, Route 322, Norwood Rd, London SE27