This research investigates the social and economic impacts of community gardening and food growing in East London.
It explores how temporary community spaces are used to encourage local social cohesion and sustainable communities as part of larger urban regeneration schemes.
The project complements the IGP’s wider work in East London on what sustainable, equitable communities look like and how to build them, highlighting local understandings of prosperity.
Primarily ethnographic in approach, the project is also testing and refining notation tools for understanding the sensory and phenomenological aspects of the built environment. It will be the basis for a comparative study with community gardening in Marakwet, Kenya, where plans for a botanic garden and community plant nursery are underway.
Mobile Garden City was funded by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and is located on Chobham Manor in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.communities social networks wellbeing