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Nomadic Allotments arrive at Borough Market

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New lightweight portable structures to be used as allotments by local children have been installed at Borough Market.

Nomadic Allotments arrive at Borough Market
Photo by Cristian Suau
Nomadic Allotments arrive at Borough Market
Photo by Cristian Suau

The 'Nomadic Allotments' were funded and commissioned by Borough Market and designed by students from Cardiff University's School of Architecture.

The students were asked to produce their creations on the theme of 'reduce, re-use, recycle' and to ensure that the designs were versatile, cheap, lightweight and portable.

The structures, which were installed last week, are all made from reclaimed materials and include pallets and packaging used by traders.

The allotments will be launched on Sunday 4 July at the Food Exchange community event and will be tended by local school children under the supervision of a professional gardener appointed by Borough Market.

"The students have answered their brief with creativity and originality," says Borough Market MD Glenis Reagon.

"The results are exciting for the market and for the local schoolchildren who will be getting their hands dirty as they discover the challenges and rewards of tending an allotment for real.

"We are a leader in sustainable, quality produce and this is a great way to make an investment in the future of this culture. It's an investment that Borough Market is proud of and excited by.

"We can't wait to launch the allotments at the Food Exchange and to welcome our customers to take a look for themselves."

The Nomadic Allotments and the Food Exchange are part of the London Festival of Architecture.

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