Wednesday, 6 May 2009

So, what has been happening so far?

  • We got access to the area in January 2009.
  • We held a consultation period at the garden on the 25th January to ask people on the estate what they wanted in their garden (See photos below).
  • At the beginning of February we tried to visit 4 other local community gardens, but they were all closed!
  • We put in a bid for and won won £1000 from the O2 It's our Community fund. This money, given to the Tenants and Residents Association is purely for the Community Garden and will be spent on getting tools, seeds and a greenhouse.
  • Since March we have been going in every Sunday and clearing the area and preparing a space for the greenhouse.
  • We have put in a bid to the Cleaner, Greener, Safer project to improve the access and the security of the site. When there is some news, we will let you know.
  • We have also had Jane Blenkins from the Community Greenhouse in Brockwell Park, an expert in these matters, come and visit and give us novices lots of advice and ideas on how to get started and what to plant.
  • We have bought some tools, we have found some manure and compost, we have been digging and preparing the soil and we have seeds and have started growing our first plants. Some time soon you will see some herbs, flowers and later on some pumpkins growing in the garden.
  • We have been very busy and every week new people have been coming and joining in. But we still need your help...

What are our aims?

  • Create a beautiful garden.
  • To provide flowers and plants for residents’ balconies and window boxes.
  • Encourage everyone from children and parents to Pensioners to come together and learn more about where their food comes from and learn more about each other.
  • Provide education in practical gardening, food growing, environmental issues and healthy living.
  • Promote sharing and social cohesion.
  • Provide fresh food for the residents of the estate.
  • Be a place that people can come and relax.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

What can you do?

  • We would like you to get involved. If you live on the estate, come along. After all, it is your garden.
  • We need compost. Lots of compost. As much as we can make. Please save any food scraps, tea bags or rotten fruit and vegetables. Then bring it to our composters when the garden is open. However, PLEASE DO NOT PUT ANY MEAT IN THERE! Meat is not good for composting and will attract vermin.
  • Enjoy yourself!