South London is about to get green fingered as the Chelsea Fringe comes to town.

Timed to coincide with the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show, the fringe – from May 21 to June 12 – is now in its fifth year and focusses on community gardening projects and includes scores of mostly free events for people to take part in.

Nine Elms on the South Bank and Vauxhall will be a hub of events which include Thessaly Road being transformed into an Edible Avenue, complete with edible bus stops and edible flowers, herbs and fruit trees.

A Barbara Hepworth-inspired garden party with music and Pimms will be held in the pop-up sculpture park next to the Beaconsfield Gallery in Newport Street and there will be free tours behind the scenes at New Covent Garden Flower Market.

Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership’s curator Anne Mullins said: “Parks, gardens and horticulture are at the heart of this area’s distinctive character so it is the perfect place for the Chelsea Fringe to take root.

“We have a really exciting programme of events and attractions this year, designed to celebrate this burgeoning community, its heritage and historical importance to London.”

Burgess Park is also set to host a number of events, including music and entertainment around a roaring fire with Campfire Club, bee drawing and guided tours.

Telegraph Hill will be home to an open gardens trail and the Platform 1 Gallery at Wandsworth Common Station will host Anna Fleming’s work inspired by the use of artificial ruins as garden ornaments.

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