In the first of our bumper series of posts this week and beyond on the amazing Chelsea Fringe Festival, we meet two urban meadow projects in London.
The Chelsea Fringe is in its first year as a cooler, urban little sister to the Chelsea Flower Show. Really, it’s the perfect festival for F&F readers, with its emphasis on growing against the odds in an urban setting and brightening up slightly weary parts of the capital.
The Hogarth Roundabout Meadows are just one example of the fantastic creativity in our capital, and a desire from the people living there to bring flowers to the tens of thousands of drivers who whizz past what was once a gloomy section of the A4.
Transport for London gave permission to the growers to plant bulbs and seeds which will be in bloom from April to November. You can find out more about the project through its Fringe profile.
The Meadow up Your Street project brings flowers even closer to home with plantings along residential streets in Kingston and Islington.
River of Flowers, which aims to create beautiful floral wildlife havens in the city by encouraging more and more people to sow flowers in their front gardens, runs the project. You can get directions to these street meadows via the project’s fringe profile.
The Chelsea Fringe runs until 10 June 2012. You can find out more about all the open gardens and events on the Fringe’s website.