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Interior Design (MA)

Tessa Verity

The Orchard (Part 1: Grafting)

The apple is one of our most valuable crops - past, present and future. 

In this project, fruit trees and agroforestry are proposed as a future solution in assisting biodiversity, preventing climate change and supporting food production within the UK - tackling our current faltering food system. 

Benefits of more fruit trees include increased enterprise in fresh and preserved food and beverages, incomes and jobs as well as improved nutritional security. It has been proven that organic orchards can deliver significant carbon and biodiversity benefits, but that UK potential has thus far been poorly explored. 

This project therefore investigates the possibilities inherent in turning an existing site in East Sussex from a dairy farm into an apple orchard. Framed around the research question: how to develop rituals of care within the orchard and uses the orchard calendar as a strategy to rewild an existing agricultural site? 'The Orchard' focuses on grafting as a methodology for building environments and (re)connecting us to the land.

The apple catcher

My future creative practice focuses on the relationship between the land, consumption and the built environment. I am interested in art, architecture, food production and consumption systems including but not limited to: food classification, production, distribution, exchange and the roles that cooking and eating play in social organisations, along with the creative representation of research. 

My background is in Interior Architecture. Throughout my career, I have worked on permanent and temporary environments in the UK and globally, creating architectural interiors for retail, leisure and residential clients as well as event and experiential activations. My involvement spans strategy to concept creation, design development and on-site implementation. 

Site plan
Charleston Orchard
section through building
The Arboretum