Category: wasteland projects

Plant a Place

… some photos from last weekend’s pop-up garden!

It was great to have lots of passers-by taking advantage of a little greenspace in the city centre. Stopping to pick up some of the free seeds we were giving away, sitting with a delicious pulled pork sandwich from our neighbouring stand… or just popping in for a quick gardening chat, it was great to meet you and hear about your urban gardening escapades!

But best of all was planting herbs in recycled tin cans with the kids that visited our garden. Its great to think they know now just how easy it is to make their own little greenspaces whether on a doorstep, window sill or patio space.

This pop-up project focused around the importance of urban greenspace, and showed that you don’t even need to lift the slabs to create a spot of nature and tranquility – the bees took about half an hour to find our flowers, which just goes to show – you bring the plants and the rest comes to you!

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Do It In Public… [cont’d] !

We really enjoyed talking to everyone who came along to the Do It In Public exhibition a month or so ago; it was inspiring to realise how much energy and interest there is for creating more living, vibrant, exiciting urban places here in Edinburgh.  As a result, we decided to take it further, out into the streets….

We are creating a pop-up garden at the St Mary’s Church Edinburgh Market! In collaboration with the Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust and Edinburgh Markets, we are hosting a market stall which celebrates how simple, fun and easy it is to get growing in your urban places. You’ll find somewhere to sit and relax, can plant something to take away with you, and will find heaps of information about how you can plant a place yourself or with a small group. The project demonstrates that you don’t need a complicated community group set up, a bank balance with loads of funding, or even a particularly big space to get growing. We can help you see how you can get started now, and transform the urban realm around you.

Find us at the top of Leith Walk / Broughton Street this weekend, 24th and 25th August 2013, any time from 11am – 5pm. Look forward to seeing you then !

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wasteland projects … coming soon!

We are keeping our fingers crossed here at the wasteland collective and hoping for sunny weather this weekend for our first intervention on a wasted space in Edinburgh. We are busy bees preparing for the wasteland project and hope we can make a small impact, for a short time on a high profile, lazy bit of urban land!! If all goes well weather wise we’ll update you all on the whereabouts and timings of our project near the end of the week. IMG_0399 IMG_0400

wasteland projects

After a successful project launch and open studio day on Friday (pictures to follow- thanks for coming!) we have developed a few ideas into small project proposals for various wastelands around the City of Edinburgh. We want to install some physical interventions around the city on a temporary basis and see if they encourage people to use and see these wasted spaces in new light. Our first project is still in the pipeline but see below for a sneaky peak!

Check here or on twitter for more updates soon … !

Before...

Before…

Proposed after!

Proposed after!