About This Project

We invited Permablitz London along with a group of 30 volunteers, a van full of pallets and some great enthusiasm to teach how to make Cob, re-purpose pallets, and energising a green canalside space in the heart of Hackney Wick. A Permablitz involves a group of people coming together for a day or two in an event of skill share and mini workshops around the principles of permaculture design.

Over 40 pallets were dismantled to be used for Gaia Gallery’s floor and internal spaces.

Cob in the Community, was on hand teaching cob making from scratch. Several batches were made up and loaded onto the boat (for use in making the heated benches at a later date). Professional Palleteer, Ali Stephens of Pallet Furniture, was on hand to show how to safely dismantle pallets and make all manner of creations from them with the leftover slats put on the Gaia to be used for the interior at a later.

This was a two day event, hosted by the Gaia Gallery which saw a great group of people come together to experience something new and get their green fingers dirty. Over 3 tonnes of cob was made up and 40 pallets dismantled!


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