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Designed by Urban Organic and Betongpark in partnership with UK CIC Planet Good Earth, the Planet Good Earth Garden is a pioneering skateable and edible exhibit that links skateboarding and community gardening to support mental health and promote environmental action. With a focus on building outdoor learning experiences, this groundbreaking garden shows how skateboarding and horticulture can contribute to green initiatives and healthier urban landscapes. It demonstrates how growing and recreation can work together to positively impact youth communities. In collaboration with City Mill Skate, a University College London Public Art project for research and community engagement, this dynamic feature champions youth empowerment and wellbeing for young people living in urban environments. By providing a playful and engaging space, it encourages physical activity, presents positive role models, fosters meaningful relationships, and nurtures self-confidence among young individuals. Functioning as an educational haven, this vibrant space boasts edible planting arranged in a forest garden layout, offering an immersive, productive, and wildlife-friendly environment.
  • Edible planting arranged as a forest garden creates an immersive, productive and wildlife-friendly garden allowing users to learn new skills, harvest and spend time in nature. 
  • Robust pavers and a milled granite ramp facilitate skateboarding, providing opportunities for fun, making friends and staying active.
  • Hydroponics, fungiculture broadens the educational opportunities and demonstrates alternative growing techniques and increases food production.
  • Fruit trees provide a canopy, easy harvests and opportunities to learn pruning techniques.
  • Soft fruit and artichokes demonstrate perennial, low maintenance, wildlife friendly food growing
  • Hops and wineberries scramble through trees
  • Annual vegetables in flower educate on plant life cycles and self-seed for continual harvests
  • Edible ground cover smother weeds and protect soil whilst edible flowers add beauty and colour
A forest garden is a low-maintenance option, yielding abundant food and resources with minimal investment of time and effort. It serves as a cost-effective and practical method to maximise space for play while providing a welcoming planted landscape.” Jack Asbury, Urban Organic

“We’re all so excited to be bringing the first ever skatepark to RHS Chelsea. Thanks to support from Project Giving Back, who have believed in our vision for this garden from the outset, we will be showcasing the incredible talent among our young urban communities who are at the forefront of climate activism and who are determined to be a positive force for change. We hope that this integrated approach to growing and recreation will inspire public realm planners to think more carefully about how the two can intersect.” Louise Page, Planet Good Earth


Designed by experienced collaborators Urban Organic and Betongpark, known for their dedication to greener urban landscapes, this partnership exemplifies the fusion of urban sustainability and recreation through edible landscaping.
  • Jack Astbury / Urban Organic

    Jack Astbury is a pioneer in sustainable food production and urban greening, transforming neglected city spaces into flourishing edible landscapes. Boasting a decade of expertise in urban agriculture, his background in ecology and conservation helps cities become cleaner and greener by creating outstanding gardens and green spaces.

    For 10 years he has run Urban Organic, a organisation that provides solutions for individuals, businesses and communities that want to incorporate food growing, wildlife provision, and greenery into their built environments. Their team of growers, designers and landscapers specialise in transforming rooftops and disused spaces into biodiverse, healthy urban environments. They grow food for chefs, host interactive horticultural workshops, and support clients in implementing sustainability measures that create higher-value and lower-risk assets that are better for people and the planet. Their landscapes are designed to address multiple sustainability criteria, promote environmentally responsible practices and increase the health and well-being of users. They help clients achieve higher BREEAM ratings by improving the environmental performance of buildings, including energy efficiency, water usage, materials selection, waste management, pollution, ecology, social sustainability and food production.

    At the core of Jack's design philosophy is the belief that gardens should be more than just ornamental; they should serve as vibrant ecosystems where edible plants flourish alongside wildlife species, creating sustainable environments that inspire, enrich, and nourish people and the planet. His gardens incorporate innovative techniques designed to mitigate the effects of climate change, including composting systems, drought-tolerant plants, sustainable drainage systems, and rainwater harvesting methods. Jack's commitment to excellence, sustainability, and community engagement continues to inspire a new era of urban gardening, where every space holds the potential to be a thriving oasis of life and vitality. He envisions a world where cities embrace food production as integral to urban planning. Through continued innovation and advocacy, he aims to shape the evolution of edible landscaping, inspiring communities to cultivate greener, more sustainable urban environments.

  • Sam Elstub & Stuart Maclure/ Betongpark

    Samuel Elstub is a versatile designer whose love for skateboarding seamlessly intertwines with his professional expertise as a chartered landscape architect. With a decade of experience designing in the built environment, he has crafted a diverse portfolio encompassing public realm projects, infrastructure design, master planning, and urban development. Drawing from his combined background, Samuel now works as a skatepark designer at the award-winning Norwegian design agency Betongpark, based in their London studio. Betongpark is a specialist design and construction firm providing bespoke concrete skateparks and other skateable structures to clients in the public and private sectors. Initially founded in Oslo in 2012, Betongpark opened its London design studio in 2020. Drawing on a team comprised of trained landscape architects, skatepark designers, world-renowned concrete shapers and project managers, Betongpark spans disciplines and works with passion and an eye for detail. Sam’s work at Betongpark is marked by commitment to integrate skateable spaces into urban landscapes, transcending boundaries between public realm design and skatepark construction. His projects are characterised by their integration into city masterplans, innovative flood mitigation solutions utilising skateparks, and the creation of meanwhile or interim use facilities.

    Leading the team across UK design and construction projects is Development Manager Stuart Maclure. Stuart supports design development, project planning and stakeholder relations and is driven by delivering beautifully designed free, creative spaces.  

    Stuart is a lifelong skateboarder, passionate campaigner and activist, who works to challenge the boundaries of public space provision and governance. Having worked on some of the most prolific skateboarding campaigns in the UK, he is dedicated to promoting and celebrating skateboard culture. Alongside his position as director of Long Live Southbank, he is also cofounder of the international conference Pushing Boarders which brings together academia and skateboarding as springboard for collaboration.


    The RHS Chelsea garden will get relocated to Hereford Skate Park, a community initiative who will continue the legacy and create a pilot for broader adoption nationwide. It will form part of a larger edible skatepark and community-focused educational space that will house a kitchen garden, cafe and mixed-use hub for young people and provide a space accessible to schools to support young peoples health, well-being and wider development.  The space will be supported by supported by Black Mountains College,  a new and imaginative education centre with a mission to promote ecological action and adaptation.

With thanks

The Planet Good Earth Garden was created by incredible people who have been generous with their time and knowledge and are dedicated to their crafts.
A special thanks to our wonderful sponsor “Project Giving Back; our entire team; our volunteers; and all our friends and family for their constant support for sharing this story.