Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Creating a Mobile Meadow, with Richard Reynolds, Simon Whitehead and Siobhan Davies Studios

I am working on documenting a series of projects about urban nature, urban gardening and sustainability in Greater London.  In the past weeks I was participating in a new project by Richard Reynolds, guerilla gardener based in London's Elephant and Castle area, where he is exhorting to become a gardener in odds places, and he has partnered with movement artist Simon Whitehead and Siobhan Davies Studios to create a Mobile Meadow in several steps.

The first event was a gathering at Siobhan Davies Studios yard, where you would be instructed by Richard on how to plant for creating a meadow.

And you were to choose which seeds you wanted to plant out of four identified as the best to nurture wildlife in the area. 

Once planted the pot with your name/seed on it, you are to decide if you want to take home with you until the next event in the calendar, or leave it to be tended with the organisers and on site, also until the next event.

The second part of the event was the day after at the at the actual site of the mobile meadow, where more guests were invited and to plant more pots, under Richard's instructions.

The site is a plot of neglected land in between two new developments, it is a mobile garden since there are no plans for how long "the garden" will last.  To "take" the neglected urban land and make it productive is one of the statements of Reynold's activities and especially this project's main goal and interest.

On June 29th, there the second phase of the project will gather gardeners to bring from home or take the ones at the site, and have a walk in the area and plant them as part of the regeneration of the area.  This will be part of the London Festival of Architecture 2014

A third part of the project will take part sometime in coming October, to collect seeds for the next year's planting.  There will be more images about the next phases of the project.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Amsterdam's Flower Market in the Singel canal

The Flower Market in Amsterdam, located on the Singel canal is the only floating one in the world, as it states the official site for Amsterdam tourist information. 

Last year in late February I visited the market, while working a project about museums and I could not resist buying some bulbs.  Unfortunately, they did not did well in Majorca.  

What more Dutch can it be? Tulips and bikes!!

In  conversation with the owner if this stall and he assured me they deliver all over the world.  Tulip mania spreading!

But, in London with so not mild but warm weather we are having these days, tulips are already in bloom in many gardens and parks and I am really enjoying the colourful urban landscape.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Welcome spring!! Crocus, daffodils, magnolias, cherries all in bloom

After some of travelling and work with deadlines, at last I could find the time to celebrate the new season, that will bring colour to the city.  Here is a collection of images of crocus, daffodils, and trees in bloom.  This is really a joy for the spirit and for the eye!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

About sustainability at Ecobuild London 2014

Here are some images of Ecobuild London 2014, a fair about:
sustainable construction products for new build and refurbishment of residential, commercial and industrial projects.
The section Biodiversity Pavilion is offering proposals about wildlife conservation, urban biodiversity, woodlands, bee-keeping, building with sustainable materials, etc.

The programme is filled is with seminars and conferences with discussions about sustainable and eco-green proposals.


Thursday, February 20, 2014