Picture a city. Are you thinking of skyscrapers, office blocks, housing estates, shopping malls and superstores? Or are you thinking of flower gardens, allotments, orchards, vineyards and bee hives?
This walk explores a rather unexpected aspect of city life – growing food in urban spaces. By meandering through the residential areas of the London Borough of Hackney, you will discover a surprising amount of vegetables, fruit and herbs being grown in marginal spaces. You’ll also find out about some of the people who have taken the initiative to transform unused land where they live.
Looking at other urban spaces – grass embankments, car parks, rooftops and derelict sites – you will be able to think about the potential for increasing food production and creating a more sustainable way of living in cities.
This walk is best in the late spring, summer and early autumn.
1 ½ miles
A flat route on pavements and in parks
- Suitable for:
Lots of things for children to spot on this walk
An entirely step-free route
- Greater London
- Towns & Cities
- People in the landscape Hidden landscapes Changing landscapes
- The Triangle, junction of Mare St and Westgate St
- Hackney City Farm
- Getting there:
Nearest mainline stations London Fields and Cambridge Heath
Nearest station Bethnal Green (20 minute walk)
Served by various bus routes
Several Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations in the area