Foster Street is full of character, great cafés and shops, but its footpaths are narrow and there’s little space to sit, have a chat, drink a coffee or share lunch with mates from work. Enter the staff from Sam Crawford Architects. Based on Foster Street for more than 10 years, they came up with the concept of Edible Outdoor Rooms; a project that was partly funded through a $20,000 community grant from the City of Sydney.
The Edible Outdoor Rooms will see the footpath widened in three spots to create public space where people can stop and socialise, pick fresh herbs, water the plants and savour the sunshine. Thanks to acclaimed chef Hamish Ingham from local restaurant Bar H, visitors can also take in a workshop on growing, caring for, and cooking with the plants on offer.
“The idea is to help people connect with nature, learn about growing plants in urban environments and get to know their neighbours”, Crawford explains.
Dozens of strawberry, lettuce, spinach, beetroot, parsley, thyme, rosemary and sage seedlings were planted by volunteers who will keep a watchful eye on them while they grow. Building and business owners, plus workers and residents along Foster Street, will band together to maintain the edible delights and keep the spaces tidy… all while building a sense of community that will remain long after the ‘rooms’ are gone.
For more info on workshops and how you can get involved, email email@example.com. Plus, if you have a great idea that will add spark to your street or neighbourhood within the City of Sydney council area, then take a look at our Community Services Grants Program.