Edible Avenue SW8

We have been helping out just over the border in Wandsworth to establish food growing and ‘greening’ in a neighbourhood of three estates. Called Edible Avenue SW8 we run gardening and horticultural craft workshops at a community centre and we run a regular gardening volunteering session on a Friday morning. This has been very successful during the winter and we have planted trees and fruit bushes, helped clear gardens for some residents, planted bulbs, helped out in the sheltered housing garden and the one o’clock club. Anyone is welcome to join us on a Friday for two hours 10-12am. For regular updates please check our twitter account or join the email list by emailing edibleavenuesw8@gmail.com.

LEAP into Healthy Lifestyles

Incredible Edible Lambeth is work with Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) in four wards of Lambeth (Stockwell, Vassall, Coldharbour and Tulse Hill), to facilitate activities for families with children under 4 years old, who are often on low incomes, to access more activities around healthy eating and being active.

We are prototyping ways of working that the families and children can design their own projects, such as food-growing, cooking and eating and being outdoors appreciating nature and the environment.

In Stockwell we are working with residents from the Studley estate to look at how we can make better use of the outdoor space on the estate.  We are working with Oasis Nature Garden which provides fantastic play space for the very young, and is linked to the Oasis Adventure Playground over the road which works with older children. We will bring the nature garden to the estate, with teepees, tents, nature crafts and Brixton People’s Kitchen will cook a healthy meal. If you have under 4s or if you would like to volunteer please join us on 10th Feb.

In Vassal ward we are working with four cafes to run healthy eating and cooking activities. They are Van Gogh (vegan cafe), Home N Away (Myatts Fields North centre), the Platform (Loughborough Farm), and the Little Cat Cafe (Myatts Fields Park). They will each run an event in February and March.

In Coldharbour ward we are facilitating a holiday meal programme at the Max Roach One O’Clock Club and Adventure Playground. We will be training up parents to volunteer to cook in the centre, involving families and children in the preparation of the food. We are aiming to feed 90 people on three days of half term, for less than £1 a head! We will be accessing surplus food through some of the networks that IEL has helped set up over the last few years.

Finally in Tulse Hill we will be helping establish a community garden at High Trees Adventure Playground, where a new space is being set up for very young children and their parents during the day. We will train up some parents in basic gardening skills so that they can grow their own veg this year.

Email ediblelambeth@gmail.com for more details about any of these events. If you live in the areas and have a child under 4 then hopefully you will take part and benefit. If you would like to volunteer or get involved with any of the projects please let us know.

NEW Brixton Food Growing Map

We love maps, and have just printed a new map of food growing sites in Brixton illustrated by Saskia Selwood.

You can pick up a copy at Brixton Pound cafe, 77 Atlantic Road, Brixton, or at the sites mentioned on the map very soon.

SEED Swap/Share at the Garden Museum

Over 80 people attended our seed swap at the Garden Museum on 27 January 2018 – it was a big success.

There were four themed swapping/sharing tables which were primed with  slightly out-of-date seeds donated by Franchi Seeds and then added to by attendees.

We also had guest appearances from Esiah Levy who brought painted sweetcorn and a couple of varieties of pumpkin, and the Freedom Seed Bank who encourage people to save seed and reduce their dependence on bought seeds.

Pam Warhurst, founder of the Incredible Edible movement also popped her head in.

And of course we were in the fantastic Garden Museum so IEL members could use their free membership cards to look around at the exhibits. Thankyou to Janine, Learning Officer at the Garden Museum, we look forward to working together again soon.

Janine also facilitated our Blooming Lambeth photo exhibition, which has been on display since the beginning of December, but was taken down after the seed swap.

Thankyou also to Nikki and Jodie who volunteered to help on the day, having never volunteered at an IEL event before. It was great to spend time with you.

Incredible Edible Lambeth exhibition at the Garden Museum

On Saturday 9th December Incredible Edible Lambeth (IEL) launched its first ever exhibition at the Garden Museum. It is an exhibition of photographs of Blooming Lambeth award winners, taken by founding member Elaine Kramer, pictured here.

The exhibition looks fabulous. It is free to view if you enter the museum via the cafe and is on the community wall by the entrance to the shop. The photographs will be there until the end of January 2018.

The Garden Museum address is Lambeth Palace Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7LB. Entry to the museum is free for IEL Group members. You can sign up to be a member via our website at www.incredibleediblelambeth.org/join

Learning about aquaponics

GreenLab is a technology hub supporting the design of new sustainable food systems.

It’s just on the border with Southwark, but we decided to make the most of this new facility and see if we could help increase green tech knowledge amongst our members. We funded five Incredible Edible Lambeth members to attend a workshop on aquaponics in November 2017.

We learnt about the benefits of ‘closed loop’ systems; in aquaponics, fish provide the fertilizer for growing greens such as salads, and in turn the plants clean the water for the fish.

We learnt how to build a complete system using mainly recycled materials, for around £100. The main costs are a water pump and some plumbing. The pump does require electricity.


Free training opportunities for community food groups

A popular request from our new members, when signing up, is for training.

We will curate some of our own training but in the meantime here are some training opportunities that are about at the moment.

The best resource for general community group training eg how to fundraise, is currently Community Action Southwark. They are currently being commissioned by Lambeth to offer extra courses for Lambeth residents. You can see their training programme here and sign up for regular updates.

We just spotted this training on social media from Lead Positive Change. Again this would be another organisation worth signing up to for regular updates.

Finally London Freedom Seed Bank is training up people to become experts in seed saving, so-called ‘seed buddies’ . This is a programme for individuals and requires a level of commitment. Find out more here.

If you haven’t signed up to become a member yet please follow this link.

And the winners are:

The Blooming Lambeth Awards

There were six categories in the Blooming Lambeth awards this year. The winners are listed below. Each winner one £100, and had some beautiful photographs taken of their garden by our Incredible Edible photographer, Elaine Kramer. Those photographs will go into an exhibition to be displayed from December this year at the Garden Museum. We are also developing a mobile version that can come to your garden or event.

The awards were presented by the Mayor of Lambeth, Marcia Cameron. The community food growing award was presented in honour of the late Ivor Picardo, by Ivor’s brother Jonathan, and his former manager at Lambeth Council, Mark Howarth. It was a great opportunity for many people who knew Ivor to remember him and share stories with Jonathan.

Pictures of all of the gardens are on the Incredible Edible Lambeth  Facebook site.

Community Food Growing in memory of Ivor Picardo

Paradise garden in Coade Court

Brockwell Park GP Surgery

Agnes Riley Gardens

Community in Bloom

Brockwell Park Greenhouses

Richbourne Terrace

Tritton Vale Pocket Garden

Homes in Bloom

Edwin Monteverde (Monty)

Mrs Rockhill

Mr & Mrs Morris


Flora Parked – a much better use of a parking space than a car

Oasis in Stockwell – Childrens’ forest garden – encouraging people to pick things

St Gabriels College – mobile garden that moves around while building work takes place on site

Food Growing

Bandstand Beds

Caldwell Gardens

Myatts Fields Park Community Greenhouse

Window Box or Balcony (small spaces)

Annie Gallop

Diane Skidmore

The Fairy Garden

A very successful AGM and Blooming Lambeth awards

Incredible Edible Lambeth’s AGM was held on Thursday 12th October at the Garden Museum, and featured the Blooming Lambeth awards, sponsored by Lambeth Council and Engie.

Incredible Edible Lambeth is all about shouting out about all this great community activity that is going on in community gardens and kitchens, and looking for ways to ensure that all our efforts have a real impact in making the borough a better place to live, work and play.

We are able to report at the AGM that over the last year Incredible Edible Lambeth has been involved in some key projects

  1. We were commissioned to curate a series of activities for the Chelsea Fringe by Nine Elms London. This took us outside of Lambeth into Wandsworth, although Nine Elms does straddle both boroughs.
  2. We ran the CREATE – Start Your Own Food Business programme in Loughborough Junction and Gipsy Hill
  3. We have been involved in a big piece of work with LEAP – the 10 year £30m lottery programme in four of Lambeth’s most deprived wards, that aims to improve outcomes for children born into poverty. We have been advising on how community organisations and individuals can develop projects to encourage healthy eating and physical activity. We expect this work to continue and expand, and to be able to share learning.
  4. And of course we were commissioned to run the Blooming Lambeth awards and that’s been a great way to bring people together and share what is going in our gardens.

We have also been contributing to  a big piece of work to map all the food work that is going on in Lambeth and how we compare with other boroughs/areas of the country through the Lambeth Food Partnership. We are the experts in understanding the food system locally and are increasingly in a much better position to identify what actions to take to be effective in terms of improving access to good food in the borough.

A major focus of our volunteer effort this year has been networking with the health sector to increase the visibility of community gardens and kitchens, and the work we do. NHS structures are constantly being reorganised and like much of the statutory sector ‘health’ organisations are looking at how they can work better with communities. Progress is slow but it is good for the food activist community to be a part of that networking so if you would like to get involved in that please let me know. Specifically Lambeth has been split into three local care network (LCN) areas and each area has a community forum, so it would be good if we could sit on all of those. I would also urge every community garden to get involved with their local GP patient participation group (PPG) and tell them about your garden.

Going forward this year we would like to focus heavily on our map – to ease the networking and signposting to community food projects. To facilitate this we will maintain our loose network (twitter/facebook etc), but we are also launching a more formal membership scheme. This will also enable better cooperation between organisations and allow us to represent community gardens at meetings eg with the health sector. There are two kinds of membership – for groups and for individuals. Membership is FREE. Details are with Janie – please note that if you sign up as a group you also get free membership of the Garden Museum..

You can sign your gardening group up,or yourself as a supporting individual here. Only groups who become members will be added to the map.

One of our directors stood down completely and that was our former chair Ann Bodkin. The ‘old’ directors thanked Ann for leading us for 6 years with a big bunch of flowers. We appointed four new directors:

Dorothy Allen

Janie Bickersteth

Monica Ganan

Orsetta Hosquet

We look forward to working with you over the coming year.

Sue Sheehan, Chair, Incredible Edible Lambeth

IEL Membership form

Sign up here

Incredible Edible Lambeth has partnered with Garden Museum  (or Garden Museum has partnered with Incredible Edible Lambeth) to offer free community group access to the Museum. Become an organisational member of Incredible Edible Lambeth today (and agree to allow us to pass on your contact details to the Garden Museum) and your group will receive three (or 5) free passes to the museum that can be shared amongst members and used at any time.

Other benefits of being an IEL ‘organisational’ member are:

– be on our Incredible Edible Lambeth map

– use our logo and demonstrate that you are part of a broad movement

– be represented and networked at local Lambeth meetings e.g. Lambeth Food Partnership (food policy) and the NHS/health sector

– be networked with regional and national food activists groups such as Incredible Edible Network, Transition Town Network

– receive regular emails highlighting opportunities and support

– be a part of join funding bids and help inform future development work

– be eligible for discounted membership rates for workshops/events


If you do not belong to an organisation we also encourage Individual membership

– be represented and networked at local Lambeth meetings e.g. Lambeth Food Partnership (food policy) and the NHS/health sector

– be networked with regional and national food activists groups such as Incredible Edible Network, Transition Town Network

– receive regular emails highlighting opportunities and support

– be a part of join funding bids and help inform future development work

– be eligible for discounted membership rates for workshops/events

– volunteer with Incredible Edible Lambeth directly to receive free community group access to the Garden Museum.



The purpose of this document is to set out a framework for membership and cooperation between members of Incredible Edible Lambeth.

  1. We ask that members respect our vision and values:


IEL exists to re-localise the food system in Lambeth so that it nurtures us and

strengthens our communities.


IEL believes that:

  • everyone has a right to healthy affordable food
  • the current food system is unjust and unsustainable
  • we need to create change
  • food growing is a great way to create change – to ‘green the grey’ and build community
  • a positive approach is both enjoyable and more likely to be effective
  • food is an important part of our economy and a product that can be
  • re-localised relatively easily
  1. Membership is open individuals and group, who are active or interested in being active in facilitating food system change in Lambeth and regionally, nationally or internationally.
  1. There is a slightly different membership offer for groups versus individuals.
  1. Groups who are members are entitled to use the Incredible Edible Lambeth logo. We request that a copy of any documents or weblinks are shared on our Facebook page as a courtesy.
  1. Membership is free, and any decision to charge would be made by the Incredible Edible Lambeth board of directors at an official meeting.
  1. Any decision to terminate membership would be made by the Incredible Edible Lambeth board of directors at an official meeting. A membership would be terminated where a members was deemed to have breached the Terms and Conditions, and not acted in a way that respects the vision and values.