UK – Community Gardens
Two short documentaries that take a look at two different community gardening initiatives in the UK, both inspiring examples of community led urbanism. The Green Backyard in Peterborough and Incredible Edible in Todmorden, have set about to change the way the public space works, bringing food and spaces for creativity into the public realm, changing the landscape of their towns.
The Green Backyard is unique community garden in Peterborough. Founded by the father and daughter team of Rennie and Sophie Antonelli, helped by a crew of volunteers they have transformed this once neglected urban wasteland, into a much loved community resource. This short documentary is a portrait of this garden and its flora, fauna, people and activities. From its simple approach to community building and placemaking, The Green Backyard provides us with answers to complex environmental questions facing our towns and cities.
Incredible Edible has one simple aim to grow as much food as it can in as many spaces as possible throughout the town of Todmorden. It was founded in 2008 by Pam Warhurst, it began with a meeting where 60 interested locals turned up, Pam convinced everyone that that they “should start doing things differently” and so Incredible Edible was born.
The simplicity of the project is what I find most inspiring, its get-up and do-something attitude that has yielded direct results. According to Pam having something to ‘point at’ is far more valuable when trying to demonstrate what urban agriculture looks like than endless rhetoric. The success of this approach can be seen in the uptake of the concept which has now spread to over 40 groups worldwide.
To find out more about Incredible Edible please visit their site.