UCL East


Habitat: Degree 51N/-0E

Taking it's name from the coordinates of the lost Manor Gardens allotments, this installation is a collaboration between artist Susanna Round and UCL researcher Michael Hrebeniak. 

Habitat: Degree 51N/-0E

Habitat: Degree 51N/-0E is a collaboration between artist Suzy Round and UCL researcher Michael Hrebeniak, supported by UCL East Cultural and Community Engagement.

This installation takes its name from the geographic coordinates of the lost Manor Gardens allotments, located half a mile from UCL East. The area had a hidden rural character unique to an otherwise industrialised terrain, enhanced by wild hedgerows and plum trees along the banks of the tidal Lea. It was notable, too, for the unique vernacular architecture of its buildings improvised out of the junked materials of the bombed East End.

Our shanty assemblage has been co-designed with local children from St Winefride’s Catholic Primary School and the Little Manor Play Project. They have also planted and tended its miniature allotment, which symbolically reinstates the memory of Manor Gardens and its international and intergenerational transmission of growing cultures.

In common with standard allotment practices, it is constructed from recovered waste materials. It is scruffy and makeshift; a horticultural slum, perhaps. But by late-summer it should be over-brimm’d with swollen fruits and ripened vegetables

Open to the public on Thursday afternoons. Book your free ticket here.

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