Leicester City Council New Walk Centre – Paul Conneally 2014

I’m now putting together the letter requesting outline planning permission to demolish Leicester City Council’s New Walk Centre and change the space it currently occupies into a community orchard.

This takes forward my initial thoughts from 2013 some of which are reported below.

Here’s a link to the original: Leicester the World’s First Edible City

“After working closely with my long time collaborator, artist activist, Anne-Marie Culhane, on her ongoing Fruit Routes work across Loughborough University campus, which has now, as EAT YOUR CAMPUS, won the Guardian Sustainability Award 2014, my thoughts on space and how it might be used creatively in a city centre have evolved.

I propose that the Leicester City Council New Walk Centre be demolished and replaced with a large community orchard. The roads and paths from the orchard into and out from the city centre, including the historic New Walk itself, will be planted with fruit trees too.

Just as Anne-Marie Culhane proposes that Loughborough University becomes the world’s first edible campus, I propose that Leicester should become the world’s first edible city and that Anne-Marie be invited to work with myself and the City to help make this happen.


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