Making Space in Dalston, E8

Promoting an alternative approach to regeneration – whereby a process of communication and action research helped develop a shared vision with residents, businesses and local organisations – the project looked at how public space could be created without losing the existing qualities of the neighbourhood. The ten individual projects included the installation of a linear vegetable garden and community orchard planting on the Somerford Grove estate, reclaiming the pavement on Ashwin Street, a pack-away playground for Dalston’s main square, a green wall for the Princess May School and the transformation of a piece of abandoned railway land into the much-loved Eastern Curve community garden.