Farmopolis

On the Jetty

Thousands of plants from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show have found a new home on the Peninsula

Farmopolis is the brainchild of a unique partnership between Secret Productions, the co-founders of Wilderness Festival, Wayward, the UK’s leading art-design-farming practice, and Greenwich Peninsula.

Having been chosen as the Official Reuse Partner of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, Farmopolis has recycled plants, flowers and trees from the show to make a lush green oasis on The Jetty.

Farming, art, food and culture is at the heart of Farmopolis, which has a café, restaurant and performance space, with heaps of events happening from summer 2016.

The giant plant rescue

From East to West London

Thousands of plants have travelled from west to south east London, from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to Greenwich Peninsula, with the help of the green-fingered Farmopolis team.

Once they arrived, the Farmopolis team made sure they settled in, rounding up volunteers and gardeners to tend to the plants so could flourish and grow on the jetty

Like the Eden Project, the structure is made from polytunnels; and it uses pioneering technology to cut down waste as part of its commitment to sustainability.

Events

Faming, food, arts and culture

Farmopolis brings an eclectic mix of events to the Peninsula. We’ve seen people get passionate during talks and debates, we’ve seen them get stretchy and giggly in yoga sessions and hula hooping classes, and we’ve seen them upcycling socks through to wine crates.

The events programme is broad, covering music, philosophy, theatre, arts, crafts, and fitness; and with collaborators like the School of Life, Woodburner and FRAME, it’s worth a visit.

Discover more about the upcoming events on Farmpolis on the jetty.

The cafe

By Kofler and Kompanie, London

The Farmopolis café is run by the UK division of international catering supremos Kofler & Kompanie, K&K London. With a manifesto of ‘satisfying all senses’, and a very special panoramic riverside location, it’s no ordinary place to dine.

As well as tending to the plants from the Flower Show, the Farmopolis team are also busy growing herbs, florals and vegetables onsite to supply the café, while further ingredients are sourced from local farms.

 

The future

Putting the 'farm' into Farmopolis

Over the coming months the plan is to extend the variety of produce grown onsite, harnessing the help of local volunteers on the way. It hopes to become a riverside version of allotment farming and gardening, but with communal effort at its heart.

A new Young Farmer Apprenticeship Scheme is underway too, which will introduce budding farmers to the craft, introducing a new generation to a waning industry.

Pop to Farmopolis from Summer 2016