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Cultural Green Fingers

Cultural Green Fingers is a programme of creative activities to engage Trumpington Meadows residents in the theme of urban food production. The programme is led by leading architect Tomas Klassnik, working closely with landscape architects Terence O'Rourke, as well as the local community and other stakeholders, including local authorities and the Trumpington Allotment Society.

'Grow your own' is a hot topic in today's supermarket-driven food economy. Consumers are more and more aware of issues such as food provenance, sustainable production and food miles. By growing as much as possible themselves, they can be sure of the quality and integrity of the production process, as well as reducing their carbon footprints.

Provision of allotments and community growing space is integral to the plan for Trumpington Meadows. The Cultural Green Fingers project has three key objectives:

  • to encourage use of the allotments and celebrate the diversity of ways they are used
  • to consider design issues relating to the allotments, such as sheds and fencing
  • to help inform the overarching design principles for the community orchard, such as defining fruit tree species.
Themes and ideas about food production will be explored through creative activities, including visual arts, music and literature.

To register your interest for an allotment please go to this link https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/allotments.  The allotments will be managed by Cambridge City Council.

Tomas Klassnik

Tomas Klassnik is a UK chartered architect and member of both the ARB and RIBA. He currently teaches architecture at the Royal College of Art and Chelsea College of Art, writes for Deutsche Bauzeitung, has edited the London Architecture Diary and exhibited at the Architecture Foundation and the 10th Venice architecture Biennale.

Tomas studied architecture at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Art, where he was awarded the DIN associates design prize.

Read more about The Klassnik Corporation here.