Chelsea Fringe festival attracts 100 projects

Around 100 projects are now in contention for a place in the first ever Chelsea Fringe festival, according to the event organisers.

The Chelsea fringe – which will take place over a three-month period from 19 May to 10 June – aims to get people who would not normally attend the Chelsea flower show to get garden projects or art installations.

The 100 projects on the Chelsea Fringe list – many of which are dependent on funding – will be whittled down to between 12 and 20 schemes that will be included in the event in its pilot year.

The fringe events will take place across London and will be coordinated by several hundred volunteers.

The fringe is supported by the Chelsea Flower Show but is completely independent of it.

Chelsea Fringe founder-director Tim Richardson said: "The idea with the Fringe is to tap into all this energy and creatvity in the gardens world, which at the moment has no outlet.

"The open-access principle of the Fringe means that just about anything goes –  as long as its legal, interesting and worth visiting, and on the subject of gardens, flowers, veg-growing or landscape."

Fringe initiatives confirmed so far include:

  • the "Pimp Your Pavement" guerrilla gardening initiative;
  • the "edible Olympics" at locations including Spitalfields City Farm;
  • the Oranges and Lemons garden at St Leonards Church, Shoreditch

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