Last year, the Jetty at Greenwich Peninsula became home to a fantastic immersive theatre production, Heartbreak Hotel, and this year, the versatile space will be saving the stars of the Chelsea Flower Show…
Have you ever wondered what happens to all the plants after RHS Chelsea Flower Show? Sadly, many of them are binned, but some of the plants fulfill their destiny through various recycling initiatives. None as big, however, as the new Great Plant Rescue at Farmopolis. This year, tens of thousands of Chelsea’s plants have been salvaged to create a floating garden on the Thames.
The Great Plant Rescue at Farmopolis, a unique new partnership between Secret Productions (which organises creative festivals around the world), Wayward (the pioneering art, design and farming practice), and Greenwich Peninsula (London’s largest regeneration project) will provide a much-needed green oasis along the Thames’ rapidly changing riverfront.
Opening to the public on Saturday 30 July 2016, The Great Plant Rescue at Farmopolis (the Official Reuse Partner of RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016) will host a dynamic summer programme of live music, experiential supper clubs, literary salons, immersive theatre and creative workshops, transforming the Jetty into a hub of creativity and wellbeing. Visitors will also be offered the opportunity to re-home a piece of RHS Chelsea Flower Show history.
‘This is about creating an eco-system,’ says Jo Vidler, Director of Secret Productions, ‘not the living plants but the partners and people that make it happen. We want to connect the dots between community, events, culture and create a movement where they all feed off each other in a really unique environment.’
This experiment in regeneration has its sights set on the future, with a makers-space, food-incubator, large-scale events and festival spaces, hydroponic farming, orchards, farm-to-table restaurants, major art commissions, community engagement and year-round events.
Tickets for events are available to buy now, or you can just head down there to take it all in for free (a £3 charity donation is suggested).