R-urban Hackney Wick is next.
R-urban Hackney Wick is next.
The wonderful and very informed Rokiah Yaman showed us around the Camley Street Natural Park micro anaerobic digester which is currently being installed. It is still in its early stages but the plan is to set up two more micro digesters in Camden and create a small network of waste managers and biogas producers. you can find out more or get in touch with them viat their website. www.creativehealthlab.com
WICK FISH GARDEN WALK
Biggs Square, Felstead Street, E9
Tom Mitchell, Leads on the garden initiative
Sarah Bancroft, Head of TA
Mabley Green User Group
Sunday 9 June 11-4 Tree Nursery & Forest Garden Open Day
Leabank Square Purple garden
Mat Carter www.leabanksquare.blogspot.co.uk
Roof Garden 90 Main Yard
Tori 90 Main Yard, Wallis Rd, E9 5LN
Andrew Willis www.frontside.org.uk/frontside-gardens.html
Wonder Yard Garden
Red Gate 43 White Post Lane
Josh Strauss’ Garden
View Tube Manager
Bromley by Bow Centre
Lisa Cunningham, the garden at BBBC
Netwalking Club - Three Mills Loop
Save Leyton Marshes
Thank you all for braving the early morning and a ride in the milk float to glean surplus food for a delicious brunch. Special Thanks for Tom Fletcher for the tour and hosting us in his studio.
Chef and waste food specialist Thomas Fletcher will lead a small group to New Spitafield Market where we will collect surplus food. Along the way Tom will give an introduction of his eperience with surplus food which he harvest regularly from the market.
A short cycle ride away in Fish Island Thomas will introduce us to his kitchen nearly entirely made from reclaimed materials where we will turn the collected food into a tasty breakfast. All depending on what ingredients we will find at the market. The breakfast will be shared with a wider public and will start at 10am. You can join us at any time during the day.
We will set off to the market at 7 am from Hackney Wick Station. If you don't want to get up at the crack of down you can join us at Toms kitchen in Fish Island from 10am. Locations below.
Surpluss harvest tour - meet at Hackney Wick Train Station to set off to New Spitafield Market
Waste food preparations and breakfast at: Unit 1, Vittoria Wharf, 10 Stour Road, London E3 2NT
WICK ON WHEELS NEWS
PUBLIC WORKS, WOW AT CRE8
During February and March, Wick On Wheels has been in residence at the Cre8 lifestyle Centre.
WICK ON WHEELS REPORT
LUCY SCHOFIELD, TAPPING INTO THE WICK
With a jolt we are off and the float gets out on a making mission in the wider Wick.
WICK SESSION NO.8
RESPONSE – ERICA SCOURTI
A series of talks by practitioners working in the field of material Re-use.
HACKNEY WICK RE-USER GUIDE
An existing online collection of re-use resources and its potential for growth.
WICK SESSION NO.9
RESPONSE – CHRIS CARTHY
SPACE AND TIME FOR PURSUING AMBITIONS
Can the people remedy the catastrophic effects de-industrialisation in western cities, simply by moving in to cheap, run-down neighbourhoods and getting on with life?
WICK SESSION NO.9
RESPONSE – LISA FIOR
The future for the cultural sector looks under threat as many organizations are subject to increasing rent.
WICK SESSION NO.9
RESPONSE – RICHARD BROWN
THE CREATIVE CLASSES AS CITY DEVELOPERS
It is time to recognise the creative classes as our urban developers; because they define new ways of inhabiting forgotten parts of our cities,
WHEN: Sunday 19th of May 2013 2:00PM - 5:00PM
WHERE: Biggs Square Central Court Yard, Felstead Street, London, E9 5DT
The walk will set off at Biggs Square and will last for
RSVP necessary as places are limited.
Some of the places along the way: Biggs Square central courtyard garden, Leabank Square (Purple) Garden, Mabley Meadow, Mabley Green, Cre8 Arc, Wonder Yard Garden, Yard Theatre kitchen garden, Organic Wick and Vittoria Wharf garden, and others ...
The walk is the result of a conversation with Sarah Bancroft who, in collaboration with other residents, has been involved in setting up the Biggs Square garden project (see text below). The walk is a response to the desire to link up with other gardeners in the area.
BIGGS SQUARE GARDEN, E9
The garden in the middle of Biggs Square, off Felstead Street in Hackney Wick, is an experiment. It is now in its third incarnation. As the visual focus of a square which is just four years old and the home to 250 people who were strangers to one another until they moved into its 122 flats and maisonettes, this is perhaps inevitable. A community, as much as a garden, has to be grown.
In the first two years, the original landscaping – a mixture of 18 containers large enough to contain small trees, edge borders and a 25ft x 30ft raised central bed – suffered neglect (a gardening contract had not been put in place) and vandalism. The central bed, particularly, under-planted with uninspiring shrubs, became a toilet for dogs and worry for parents whose children chased across it. After considerable discussion, Family Mosaic, the housing association behind the square, got Groundwork, an environmental regeneration charity, involved: in late spring 2011, the central bed was remade into 24 "Vacant Lot" allotments for interested residents to grow fruit and veg. Eight gardening sessions were run to kickstart the project.
The garden's second incarnation had a good first season – until the school holidays when a combination of the end of Groundwork's sessions and bored children resulted in damaged crops and disillusioned gardeners. Vacant Lot struggled through 2012 with a dwindling number of growers and further damage. It was clear that without more input – chiefly a fence of some kind and a led, regular gardening club – the project would be unsustainable.
This year, we have Biggs Square gardens Mk III. A fence has been built, the plots slightly remodelled and we have the beginnings of a gardening club. A number of us feel the garden can be an important part of generating a flourishing community – a place to grow things, green the square and make strong connections. We are watching our space!
Harvestmap.nl is a web-based, European-wide network of re-users sharing expertise, contacts and sources of materials, searchable via a visual map-based interface or a more traditional listing. The platform is currently in beta-version testing and is seeking users to participate and contribute.
R-urban Wick have been asked to participate in the testing by uploading information about re-use in London, to establish it as a 'node' on the system alongside the relatively well-populated network in the Netherlands. Whilst some things are best re-use locally - such as sources of material - some things are less geographically dependent (such as re-use tips and points of reference).
The site offers levels of membership that allow access to different kinds of content - membership at any level is free for the rest of this year, after which a small fee would be charge to upper membership levels to cover administration of the site.
R-urban has registered as a 'Scout' - the most active membership level - and have begun uploading our research material and local contacts. Scouts can also act as 'brokers', serving as a point of contact for their address books and known sources of re-usable material. We would like to use the site to make people aware that we can act in this role - primarily brokering how-to knowledge and disseminating the results of our experimentation, but also in connecting those that approach us in need of materials with those we know who have them. The site has a built in mechanism that allows you to easily give feedback on how it is operating, and any problems you encounter. Although it is primarily in Dutch, there are sections in English and Google Translate does the rest. Join us!
*** Harvestmap.nl has been developed by Netherlands-based Superuse Studios - formerly 2012 Architekten - and will be launched as part of an exhibition at the Architecture Foundation opening on 4th June entitled 'InsideFlows: The Superuse Approach to Design', open until the 31st July. ***
The most immediate and direct Re-use centre so far
This is a Call for young teams of architects, designers, artists, students or professionals of ecological building, who are interested in recycling and eco-design and who are keen to develop full scale prototypes within the framework of a civic project in a suburban town near Paris. They should be passionate makers and possibly also fans of… AAA’s work.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. We are really excited about possible collaborations and look forward to receiving your expression of interest!
PS. Please feel free to circulate the information within your networks