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Chetwoods’ Vertical Allotment descends on flower show

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[First look] Chetwoods Architects’ nine metre-tall ‘show garden’ structure has arrived on site at the Chelsea Flower Show in London

Designed by Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins, the B&Q garden installation aims to ‘demonstrate’ how the traditional allotment concept could be extended to a wider range of urban settings.

Alongside the nine metre-tall ‘tower block’ and five metre-high 90 room ‘insect hotel’ the display features a hydroponic wall, a wind turbine, a photovoltaic wall, a propagation area and a vertical composter.

A statement from the practice explained: ‘It has been estimated that if food supplies into London stopped for any reason the Capital would run out of food in four days.

‘The imaginary urban concept of the garden aims to highlight the importance of individuals and communities embracing sustainable food production in the city.

‘It also aims to demonstrate how everyone can use any available space in an urban setting to develop new local and sustainable food growing spaces while enhancing urban greening.’

Chetwood and Collins twice won Gold Medals for their previous Chelsea Show Gardens.

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