Fruit City is a growing map and network of all the fruit trees in public spaces in London. Logged and mapped by the Fruit City team and you.
Yes we live in a sometimes harsh urban sprawl, but nature is all around us. Much of the fruit we buy in the city is from far flung places like Spain, Brazil and Chile, but literally tons of fruit grows in our own fair city. Don't believe us? Check the Map. Where do you live? Blackberries, Mulberries, Apples, Pears, Plums, Figs, Strawberries and even some secret Kiwis.
We're not saying that every Londoner can get all the fruit they need from the city streets right now and through the year, but a load of the fruit from the trees that do bear goes to waste unpicked.
What if we could get the most out of our London?
Community orchards are popping up all over the city. Wouldn't you like one in your park? Why ship a lorry of apples from Holland when they flourish in Barnet?
Fruit City is not just a Map of trees, but an initiative to wake people up to the nature on their doorstep. To re-engage folks with the wild and goodness around them and to get local community orchards planted. You'll find an extensive list of amazing initiatives and schemes that are happening now. As well as recipes and uses for fruit that you may never had thought of. How about some Camden Cherry wine?
Three objects have been produced. An extendable picking arm, a picking backpack and mobile cider press.
Adlib magazine have done a large feature on Fruit City here. Turn to page 27.
The Fruit City Tools were featured VIEWPOINT magazine by The Future Laboratory. Click here to download the full article in PDF format [18mb]
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