The Edible Bus stop as an idea is so original, and at the same time so simple, that you just have to take a moment and marvel at it.
It is, at its most basic, an attempt to transform nondescript and unsightly areas of the London bus routes into presentable green spaces. And yet, it is also much more. The concept was designed initially as a guerrilla garden project for a bus stop in South London and has grown exponentially since. More than just improving the aesthetics of an area, it brings together people and neighbours to work together on creating an area that they can take pride in. The idea is for locals and bus travellers alike, whether stopping or passing through, to take in the beauty of a simple community project.
Run entirely on a voluntary basis, Edible Bus Stop has already taken root (well we had to make at least one gardening pun) along the 332 route; from Clapham Common to Crystal Palace.
The project symbolises the remarkable impact that start-ups can have on the community. You only have to visit the Edible Bus Stop website to see the interest the group have already generated. In particular, the vast numbers of people actually out on the street working at creating a garden site in their pictures section is quite breathtaking.
Its creators are understandably eager for the idea to catch on. They believe it decreases antisocial behaviour in the area and there is obvious evidence of its communal benefits. At the moment they’re hoping to garner more interest to help spread it through other bus stops in London, and eventually, the rest of the U.K.
In a motto that can be applicable to any start-up, as one resident put it, they are simply “Changing the world. One bus stop at a time.” Check out their rather wonderful promo video at the bottom of this article to find out more about The Edible Bus Stop...
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