Here is the initial concept plan that we’ve produced for Queen Mary University’s Mile End Campus community food garden project. The triangular site is ideally situated next to a halls of residence block. We decided that the large south westerly facing wall that dominates the site provides an ideal opportunity to grow many kinds of fruit and herbs.
In order to maintain some privacy for ground floor residences, miniature courtyards are proposed in line with each window. These are contained by raised beds and a planted strip for herbs, soft fruit and bush fruit. Espaliered fruit trees line all the available walls and a grid of raised beds provide easily accessible veg plots.
To offer growers some respite from the weather we have proposed a roundwood timber shelter with a biodiverse roof and a bespoke greenhouse of simple construction. There is an opportunity to harvest water is from all of the structures and store it barrels in the greenhouse both for irrigation and to act as mass that absorbs solar energy. The stored warmth in the mass of water would then moderate sharp changes in temperature and hopefully extend the growing season within.
The most southerly point of the site is intended to be the home of assorted bug refugia and wildflowers. The existing site features a number of landscape mounds. In order to minimise materials removed from site we have proposed that aggregate from the existing landform is to be reused in the wildlife areas as well as on top of the shelter. It will also act as a compacted walking surface and as drainage in the bottom of all of the raised beds.