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East End flower power at art for gardens event

PUBLISHED: 15:01 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:43 05 October 2010

ARTISTS and gardeners in East London are using flower power and joining forces with people across the world in an art project which will literally grow before their eyes. Artist Kai Oi Jay-Yung is leading the Everbloom Pocket City Pollination event on Sat

ARTISTS and gardeners in East London are using flower power and joining forces with people across the world in an art project which will literally grow before their eyes.

Artist Kai Oi Jay-Yung is leading the Everbloom Pocket City Pollination event on Saturday with people digging in or spreading capsules of seeds as they walk through some of East London's grot spots.

People in New York, Amsterdam and Berlin will be involved in similar events.

She said Everbloom was about people helping to put down roots to improve their environment and echoes the kind of activity already happening in pockets across the city.

She said: "This is a chance to join forces, bring some seeds and experiment in subversive gardening tactics to cultivate our forgotten, unlikely concrete settings for a healthier, self-regenerating city garden."

The artist who used to live in Whitechapel and Victoria Park added: "I want to include diverse voices, from The New Hanbury Project to Arnold Circus' Bengali pumpkin planters. With less green spaces, we can make our own and feel the benefits within ourselves."

Friends of Arnold Circus in Bethnal Green are teaming up with the Bengali community for a day of gardening around the historic circus in Bethnal Green.

Gardeners from the Shoreditch-based New Hanbury Project which helps people recovering from alcoholism, homelessness, mental health problems and long-term unemployment will also be breathing life into a garden at a housing scheme in Buxton Street.

And for gardeners who want to have a go at digging for victory themselves Vanessa Harden and Sam Varney will be leading an hour long 'seed capsule bombing walk' which starts at Hoxton Square in Shoreditch at 5.30pm.

Walkers will be planting the seed bombs as they walk through East End streets.

The event will be filmed, with updates on twitter.com/uwac


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