Union Street Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

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Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

American landscape architect Heather Ring of the Wayward Plant Registry has transformed a disused site in Bankside, London, into a public garden with the introduction of apple trees, allotments,  a timber pavilion, and a table-tennis table in a skip.

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

The Union Street Urban Orchard, which opened last weekend as part of the London Festival of Architecture, hosts workshops and discussions on urban agriculture for locals and visitors.

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

Commissioned by The Architecture Foundation and built by the Bankside Open Space Trust and volunteers the space will run until September when the trees will be donated to local estates and community gardens.

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

Photographs by Mike Massaro

Here's some more from the organisers:


During the London Festival of Architecture and beyond, the site of 100 Union Street in SE1 will be transformed into an urban orchard and community garden.

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

Designed by Heather Ring of the Wayward Plant Registry and built with the help of Bankside Open Spaces Trust and an array of other helpful volunteers the garden will regenerate a disused site in Bankside and create a place for exchange between local residents and visitors to the Festival.

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

During the Bankside Urban Forest focus weekend on 3-4 July the Wayward Plant Registry will run a plant adoption and exchange programme, there will be a LivingARK and as well as series of workshops and discussions focusing on biodiversity and urban food growing.

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

In September the garden will be dismantled and all the trees will be given to local estates and other community gardens to remain as a lasting legacy of the 2010 London Festival of Architecture.

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

This project is delivered in collaboration between The Architecture Foundation, Bankside Open Spaces Trust, ProjectARKs and the Wayward Plant Registry.

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

This project is delivered in collaboration between The Architecture Foundation, Bankside Open Spaces Trust, ProjectARKs and the Wayward Plant Registry.

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

Below: Nest, a timber pavilion presented by the Finish Institute and designed by students and in-house architects from the Aalto University Wood Program.

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

Urban Orchard by Heather Ring

Amy Warner, Volunteer Co-ordinator
Heather Ring, Orchard Designer / Project Manager, The Wayward Plant Registry
Sarah Ichioka, Director, The Architecture Foundation
Moira Lascelles, Consultant Curator, London Festival of Architecture
Peter Graal, Orchard Collaborator, Bankside Open Spaces Trust
Drew Woodhouse, Orchard Collaborator, ProjectARKs
Mischa Altmann, Orchard Collaborator, ProjectARKs
Tomas Kendall, Assistant Project Manager
Claire Healey, Assistant Site Curator
Vanessa Celosse, Materials Coordinator
Amy Warner, Volunteer Coordinator
Mike Massaro, Site Photographer


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  • tanya telford – T

    this looks so good, loads to it (wondering what tree mapping is ?),

  • http://deleted amsam

    Looks like a fun place to hang out and a great addition to the social fabric– but as a work of architecture/design it doesn’t have much going for it.

  • Sep

    “The Nest, a wood pavilion commissioned by the Finnish Institute in London, has been launched at the London Festival of Architecture 2010. The Nest is presented as part of the Union Street Urban Orchard, a disused site that has been turned into a flourishing urban garden for summer 2010.”

    http://www.finnish-institute.org.uk/en/design/49-future-design/219-the-nest-pavilion-invited-to-be-part-of-the-union-street-urban-orchard

  • tanya telford – T

    @amsam – but maybe the social fabric is the focus for this. I like the (subject/object of) allotment boxes (in terms of inner city possibilities) etc etc. Thinking about the location, this is prime & so seeing something being done for social fabric (& family life etc) is really good.

  • http://www.fgoesarte.blogspot.com FELIPE GOES

    nice place to relax.

  • http://www.josephlauder.co.uk Joseph Lauder Design

    This is amazing, im going to go and visit!

  • j

    lovely project, dissapointing in cannot say at the site.

  • Zaedrus

    Are those… lower dentures used as a necklace?
    Awesome.

  • luis

    So, can somebody tell me where all the wood used here comes from? What about reducing, recycling and reusing? Come on – it’s a nice place but the environmentally friendly look is just fashion.