In October 2011, in a former heavily industrial area in the heart of the city of Birmingham, on a derelict brownfield land, a pop-up urban garden was founded. The visionaries behind Edible Eastside were two female social entrepreneurs, who wanted to trial the ideas of regenerating unused urban land and creating a sustainable urban food system. Three years on, while the latter idea is yet to be proved, Edible Eastside has shown success in proving that there is a need for urban allotment gardens in core areas of cities as a place on which communities can grow.
This short video was produced as part of a scientific presentation by the author at the 3rd plenary meeting of ‘Urban Allotment Gardens in European Cities’, March 2014, Lisbon. In this presentation, the sociological concept of place and the social process of place-making have been explored in the context of socio-spatial analysis of Edible Eastside. Access to the full presentation is here
With special thanks to Jayne Bradley, Edible Eastside’s project manager.