An urban orchard, 30 street bins, a flowering meadow and an apple street: this is the extraordinary sight that has greeted Londoners at the Festival of Neighbourhood since May 2013.
Designed by architectural practice WHAT IF: projects, Octavia's Orchard highlights the lack of access to green space in areas of high density housing and offers an imaginative interpretation of what this green space could look like in the form of an urban orchard.
Undertaken in collaboration with the National Trust, the project is a homage to the social reformer and founder of the Trust, Octavia Hill. It was Hill would spoke passionately about the importance of green space for urban workers and tenants.
This project has been created using 30 galvanized steel bins to create an orchard and meadow. The bins are those typically found in housing estates alluding as much to the nature of these development and the potential (often unrealised) green space around them. Each bin features a quote or reference to Octavia Hill, including her More Air for London 1888 campaign.
With this exhibition now at a close, the orchard is now being adopted. It has been adopted by four housing estates in Elephant&Castle, Hackney and Morden. A tree will also be planted on the Walworth Estate .
Octavia’s Orchard closed on 09 September 2013.