It all started in the summer of 2010 when they created the The Union Street Urban Orchard during the London festival of architecture. eighty-five trees were brought in to populate a derelict piece of land trapped between a housing estate and a railway line. It proved to be a perfect plot for regeneration. people could visit, learn about urban food production, get dirt under their fingernails and even adopt a plant to take home when the orchard closed at the end of the summer. Such was the success of the Urban Orchard that Wayward plants were invited back in the summer of 2011 to produce a new pop-up event called the Urban Physic Garden. This time, healing plants were the stars of the show, with their importance being highlighted in traditional, alternative and modern medicine. a programme of events over the summer included workshops with herbalists on the living pharmacy and a plant-inspired poetry evening called the herbarium anthology. The Urban Physic Garden brought together an amazing array of designers, growers, health experts and local volunteers to create a growing medicine cabinet, which was a transformative tonic for both people and place. Let’s see what they come up with in the coming years.

This and more inspiring projects can be found in the print copy of A smart guide to Utopia or the ebook version.