Designing Urban Orchards in Vancouver Laneways

Dr Mike Meitner and graduate students Lorien Nesbitt, Angela Liu and Linzey Bedard developed a series of conceptual designs of urban orchards to be implemented in laneways around the city, on both public and private land in response to the Greenest City 2020 plan, wherein the City of Vancouver is promoting urban food production in the form of fruit and nut trees on city streets in residential areas.

As municipalities around the world begin to appreciate the value of urban forests, cities are starting to see urban trees as potential sources of products as well as services. These designs were created for a demonstration laneway in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, showcasing public green spaces that help build community and provide valuable products and services, while allowing traditional laneway uses to continue. A specific focus of the strategy was to provide information to the public in various formats and levels of detail, allowing people to access information in a way that meets their needs.


Neighbourhoods can turn their laneways into areas for recreation, food production, and community building.

Neighbourhoods can turn their laneways into areas for recreation, food production, and community building.


Mike Meitner

Mike Meitner
Forest Sciences Centre 2037
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Phone: 604–822–0029
mike.meitner@ubc.ca

Lorien Nesbitt

Lorien Nesbitt
EcoPlan International
131 Water St
Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2
Phone: 604-228-1855
lorien@ecoplan.ca

Angela Liu, Linzey Bedard