Our Chelsea Fringe installation was a huge success and was still standing after three weeks of heavy rain. Hundreds of children and volunteers helped build this green utopian vision of London. A big thanks to Waitrose, HSBC,Cubitt Town, George Green and the many other people that put there imagination towards this project.

I made this illustration for the front of our Chelsea Fringe flier. Here are some details of the installation:

Mudchute Park and Farm are entering this year’s Chelsea Fringe. The Farm is concerned about the loss of urban biodiversity. Declining gardens, hedgerows, and tree lines have reduced the habitat and food sources for invertebrates and small mammals.  This has detrimental impacts on the ecosystem, which will in turn impact its productivity necessary for human survival. Our installation will show around 100 wooden wine boxes donated by Waitrose, planted up as miniature gardens and making an installation of a green London. The farm will show people that we can make the city greener by re-introducing green wedges, green fingers, living walls, living roofs, hedgerows and tree lines. This way we’ll create a coherent network of green space that will allow nature to commute the city just as easily as we do. The public are invited to an open access day to plant up their own garden to add to the installation, please see details below:

Planting work shop- Saturday, 25 May 13, 11am- 3pm

Open to the public for viewing- Saturday, 25 May 13- Friday 31 May 13

This year the Mudchute Park and Farm are making a natural installation for the Chelsea Flower Show Fringe festival. The festival is held in various settings all over London, last year 400 different locations were involved.

Our installation is based around creating a coherent network of green corridors in urban areas. This basically means wildlife can travel around cities to find food and homes, and not get isolated in heavily built up areas. We want to show this by making 150 mini gardens, and planting them up with various herbs, flowers and even succulents.

The festival starts in May and nearer to the time we’ll be asking for your help to create the mini gardens. However the first stage is building the containers or sourcing wooden boxes suitable for planting. If you have any planks of wood (anything over a foot) or even better wooden wine crates (empty of course!) we would be grateful to use it to make up the larger installation in May. Donations can be taken to the main office, or larger donations can be picked up (within reason of distance). Contact cressida.knapp@yahoo.co.uk if more information is required.

More details about getting involved in the show itself will follow in April.