Skip garden for Thames Festival

YOU can make a garden almost anywhere – a few hanging baskets, a balcony, a window box, even a skip! Artist and garden designer Kathy Taylor is creating a decorative garden in a skip for this weekend s Thames Festival. Kathy, of Wanstead, says: It will h

YOU can make a garden almost anywhere - a few hanging baskets, a balcony, a window box, even a skip!

Artist and garden designer Kathy Taylor is creating a decorative garden in a skip for this weekend's Thames Festival.

Kathy, of Wanstead, says: "It will have an arbour with a grapevine growing over it, a small apple tree, lettuces, leeks and other edible plants, a compost heap and a few flowers."

She was asked by the festival's organisers to design an edible, moveable garden to be displayed on Southwark Bridge from noon to 10pm on Saturday as part of the Feast on the Bridge.

The bench will bear a plaque with the inscription, In Loving Memory of Lost Plots.

Kathy, who has a degree in fine art - and an allotment in Redbridge Lane West - said: "Despite a surge of interest in allotments, they continue to be under threat of being sold off for development land, and plots in London were recently swallowed up by the Olympic site and Crossrail.

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"Redbridge has not made it a priority to look after its allotments. But allotments tick all the boxes - recreation, community, sustainability."

Entitled The Skip Memorial Potager, it is a follow-up to The Skip Memorial Garden, a mobile memorial to the front garden, in 2005. It stood in the car park at Wanstead High School and Leisure Centre.

The new installation aims to encourage people to grow their own vegetables in even the smallest of plots.

When Kathy is not designing gardens, she is making kinetic sculptures - works of art which contain moving parts.

The Feast on the Bridge will have a host of food and entertainment on Saturday.

Other highlights of the Thames Festival include an open air ballroom with swing music; street performers and children's workshops; dance, culture, food and film from Korea; a rally of classic wooden yachts and a spectacular night carnival parade on Sunday ending with a fireworks display.

For more details, visit www.thamesfestival.org.

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