This map is the result of the first piece of analysis we carried out in relation to growing space location, showing the access levels an area has to growing spaces. To see a larger version, click here, or to find out where you can see the full size map, get in touch.
A very simple buffer zone system is used with one level of accessibility being reduced for every 100m distance from a growing space. Where these buffers intersect they multiply – hence an area with three community gardens within 500m would have its access level influenced by all three sites.
Although it is currently used as a tool to explain what more complex analysis can achieve, it already provides a good visual representation of where there are gaps within Lambeth’s network of growing spaces.
We are going to develop this map to incorporate information about population density, demographic and travel information, building a truly representative map of access to growing space within Lambeth. By looking at the size of plots, population density and routing travel along roads and footpaths in accordance with what is seen as an acceptable distance to travel, we will be able to provide a true picture of how much space is currently available to each individual.
The finished maps will then be able to identify which areas would benefit most from new land to grow food. We also will be able to help direct funds to sites which will not only benefit the most people, but also have a greater chance of being maintained long term.
Again this map has been created using Open Source software as detailed above. On the right of the map are symbolic representations of Lambeth’s access to growing spaces.