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UK: London Red Double-Decker Urban Farm

Photo Matt Writtle.

The Farmbus is no regular red double decker: inside it’s a top-spec sustainable strawberry factory.

By Katie Strick
Evening Standard
Apr. 19, 2018


The floors are lined with pot plants, tomato vines and coriander leaves. Hanging baskets swing from the handrails and the driver’s seat is blanketed in a green layer of mint, basil and thyme. Upstairs, the deck is filled with a fine, ultrasonic mist.

This is no ordinary double decker, though. This is the Farmbus, a new sustainable urban farm for the capital housed inside a converted red London bus. It opened last week at Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant and Castle, and it’ll be open throughout the summer as a pick-your-own farm and plant shop. The first batch of strawberries is expected in the next fortnight.

The Farmbus offers a unique way to grow sustainable produce in the capital and was created in response to Londoners’ pressing environmental and social concerns, says co-founder Sam Cox. Previously an architect, he teamed up with plant scientist Hugo Horlick to create Rootlabs, a company looking at innovative growing systems in urban environments. This is its first project.

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