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The Allotment takes root in Leeds Market

A pop-up allotment is taking residence in Leeds Market, providing a green space for creativity and community.

Leeds Indie Food has unveiled “The Allotment” as the centrepiece of its ‘DO’ strand, bringing something different to Leeds for the duration of the festival, running from May 11th-28th.

The project is the result of a collaboration between Leeds Indie Food, Arup, Leeds City Council, Bauman Lyons, Three Create and Café 164, and funded by Leeds International Festival as one of its fringe events.

The Allotment provides somewhere visitors can relax and enjoy eating in a location where food is grown, prepared, cooked and sold. It incorporates edible planting, trees and seating – a true market garden at the heart of the food hall. It is the perfect place for a lunch date, to meet friends, bring the kids, have a business meeting, or just sit and enjoy.

Matt Dix, Leeds Indie Food said: “The new Kirkgate Market space has been going from strength to strength, and we think The Allotment should bring something really special for people to experience, explore and enjoy.”

Andrew Cooper, Leeds International Festival Chair and Chief Executive of LeedsBID, said: “This interactive and innovative allotment demonstrates how public places can be transformed to create dynamic spaces by various organisations working together. It would be great to see this installation become permanent and to help cultivate other similar ideas across the city.”

The Allotment will open daily alongside Leeds Markets opening hours – entrance is free and no booking is required

During the five weeks the Allotment is open, the space will be turned into a creative haven with free events and activities taking place on each of the Saturdays. Most events will run from midday, and the full programmes will be available online, and printed copies inside The Allotment itself.


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