LFA: The Mobile Arboretum in Aldgate Back to previous

LFA: The Mobile Arboretum in Aldgate

Photo credit: LFA

Author: Izabella Kasinska


The BID is proud to sponsor London Festival of Architecture (LFA)’s Mobile Arboretum in Aldagte! The Mobile Arboretum can be found on the south end of Middlesex Street, E1 and will be in place until the 31st August 2022.

The installation is inspired by the collective history of the London markets. Both Aldgate and Cheapside have been or still are hubs of activity and trade in London from the medieval produce and poultry markets of Cheapside to the buzzing fabric markets of Petticoat Lane. Markets are full of brimming barrows and carts, overflowing with produce, delicate frames hung with drapes of fabric, pinstriped and patterned canopies that shelter the people of the market. Food and fabrics mingle with entertainment, music, trade and conversation of mingling communities. This project plays with the idea of an urban forest, but it needed to be more than mere planters. It had to reflect the sites history and be a part of its present.

The Mobile Arboretum – a series of market “carts” or “barrows” are filled with saplings to create a new home for trees. The barrows will house the trees/saplings over the summer, taking care of them until it is time to move them on to their new homes, helping to see the legacy of a real urban forest at schools and community gardens in and around the neighbourhood.

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The Mobile Arboretum has now been relocated to a new home outside of Urbanest on Vine Street, Aldgate.