Chelsea fringe for Nine Elms

Nine Elms will host a programme of events as part of the Chelsea Fringe gardening festival.

Now in its fifth year, the Chelsea Fringe coincides with the Chelsea Flower Show and aims to shine a light on community gardening projects across London and around the World.

Around a dozen events will be taking place in Nine Elms between May 21 and June 12 to celebrate the area’s horticultural heritage. The area is home to the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the Garden Museum, Vauxhall City Farm and New Covent Garden Market.

The programme includes a new art installation by Rachel Champion, in a railway arch in Newport Street, commissioned by the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership with the support of the Vauxhall One Business Investment District.

In addition, Thessaly Road will be turned into an “Edible Avenue”. Volunteers will be planting edible flowers, herbs and fruit trees and visitors are invited to join them for a “pot-it-up” event.

Curator for the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Anne Mullins said: “Parks, gardens and horticulture are at the heart of this area’s distinctive character so it is the perfect place for the Chelsea Fringe to take root.

“We have a really exciting programme of events and attractions this year, designed to celebrate this burgeoning community, its heritage and historical importance to London.”

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