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The Edible Bus Route – Ding Ding All Aboard!

A bus route of ‘Edible Bus Stops’ is taking shape as a second edible garden opens on a neglected patch of land in South London.

The Native Edibles and Wild Flower Community Garden in West Norwood is the second such garden to open along the route of the 322 bus – dubbed the ‘Edible Bus Route’.

The garden’s hard landscaping was funded by Lambeth Council and the Mayor of London’s Pocket Park scheme. It is being launched with a community planting day on Saturday June 7th 11am – 2pm attended by celebrity gardener Chris Collins. It will showcase Native and Wild flower planting as funded by Kew Garden’s ‘Grow Wild’ programme.

Makeala Gilchrist, a founding member of the Edible Bus Stop project, said: “We’re delighted to be opening our second landscaped garden. With another starting to plant in Crystal Palace, we’re now well on our way to achieving an Edible Bus Route right through Lambeth.

“At The Edible Bus Stop we believe in the power of green over grey to transform how a neighbourhood looks and feels and to enable community cohesion and pride.”

“Neighbours get to know each other while planting, sharing skills or a smile and everyone can enjoy watching the garden grow.”

“We are told we are an inspiration to many other groups around the country and abroad. Our success relies not only our tenacity and creative skills as a project team, but also the dedication of volunteer gardeners who tend the gardens. We’re always looking for more of them! We’ve also been very fortunate that we started life in Lambeth, as the council have been very proactive in helping us make it happen.”

The first Edible Bus Stop was founded in March 2011 and has proved hugely popular with local residents since it was re-landscaped and opened in May 2013.  The project also has a young garden at Crystal Palace bus station – the end of the 322 bus route.

The West Norwood garden is also known as the ‘Hoopla’ Garden.  Designed by Edible Bus Stop’s Creative Director, Will Sandy, a series of circular planting rings are laid over existing bollards resembling a game of hoopla. The stone plaque marking the site whimsically announces “Never mind the bollards, here The Edible Bus Stop’s Native Edibles and Wild Flower Community Garden”

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