New Mobile Allotment

Lisa Cheung test drives the new Mobile Allotment unit
Lisa Cheung test drives the new Mobile Allotment unit

Avant-Gardening have a new member of the Mobile Allotment family. Artist, Lisa Cheung, has designed and built a new unit to join the existing two pieces. The new unit is a mobile, multi-functional planting unit that can easily be used by a single person and has been built for maximum flexibility. The brief for the unit was to make a piece that was fun, easy to move and had both storage and workspaces.

The new addition to the Mobile Allotment has been funded by London Borough of Greenwich and will soon be seen on the streets of the borough dispensing green wisdom and gardening tips

Topics: [Greenwich] [mobile allotment]

Mexican Sugar Skulls decorating workshop

Get Moving, Get Fit, Get Avant Gardening Fanzine

Get Moving, Get Fit, Get Avant-Gardening

Get Moving is an intiative by the Time To Change campaign that aims to challenge discrimination against people who suffer mental ill health. As part of this initiative Avant-Gardening will be at the Greenwich NHS Get Moving Get Fit festival at Greenwich Heritage Centre (click here for map) on Saturday 10 Oct 1.30pm - 4.00pm.

Research has found that physical activity can have a positive effect on mental well being and what better way to exercise than through some avant-gardening or an walk through your nearest green spaces. Autumn is a great time for walking and enjoying our natural environment and to this end Avant-Gardening will be mapping the walks that people enjoy, the peaceful spaces where they can unwind and celebrating the open and green spaces in the borough of Greenwich.

If you have a walk you want to share or a favourite space where you can get that much needed 5 minutes of peace and solitude please add it to our map.

Get Moving, Get Fit, Get Avant-Gardening Greenwich

You will need to sign in to Google Maps to edit this map. You can add photographs, map your walking route and embed videos

And why not come along to the Greenwich Heritage Centre on Saturday as an active social life is another way of boosting mental well-being. On Saturday we will be creating another of our fanzines; this time focusing on positive mental health and the benefits of gardening and re-engaging with the natural world. If you have any anecdotes or photos you would like included you can e-mail us at

Avant Gardening The Barbican Fanzine

Avant Gardening Spitalfields

Thanks to all those who came to look at the Mobile Allotment and spent time helping us to create this fanzine
(click on square in navigation box for full screen view)

Mobile Allotment visits the Hackney Wick Festival

Avant Gardening will be onsite for the festival, introducing Hackney Wick to the Mobile Allotment! It is a modular, mobile planting unit, designed and built by artist Lisa Cheung. Avant Gardening is an arts and environment project aimed at engaging all sectors of the community with environmental and sustainability issues through art, gardening and food. Come and see the mobile allotment and find out more about the project as well as Avant Gardening's ideas for the future!

Hackney Wick Festival - Saturday 26 September, 1 - 5pm

For more information about the Hackney Wick Festival and the location of Mobile Allotment visit

Avant-Gardening at Get Moving Feel Good

Avant-Gardening return to Woolwich to take part in Get Moving Feel Good festival at

The Greenwich Heritage Centre, Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, SE18 4DX.

Saturday 10 October 1pm - 4.30pm

Avant-Gardening will be creating a fanzine that explores the impacts of activities like gardening and walking on health. Come along and trell us about your favourites walks or gardening tips and help us to create a fanzine as part of World Mental Health Day

Spitalfields Show and Green Fair

Come and join us on Sunday 13 Sep 12.00 - 17.00 at Allen Gardens and Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street E1 (nearest tube Aldgate East)

Avant-Gardening will be attending the show with the Mobile Allotment, which has just finished it's summer long residency in Woolwich.

Contribute to the creation of the GreenZine by drawing, collaging and sharing your favorite seasonal recipies and green tips for inclusion in the fanzine which will be downloadable from this site next week. For more information about the Spitalfields Show click here (this will open a pdf document so you will need Adobe Reader or equivalent)

Mobile Allotment Unit 3

Thanks to Greenwich Council for their committment to fund a third unit for the mobile allotment. Avant-Gardening artist, Lisa Cheung, will be designing and building a mobile planting unit that will allow greater access to all areas of the esates where we are currently working. This unit will join the existing two units; the mobile garden and the mobile allotment cold greenhouse, both of which are currently sited on the Nightingale Estate in Woolwich

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