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A guided walk of inspirational green spaces loved and cared for by local residents. Starting at the Garden Museum we will take in small green parks including Old Paradise Street, Pedlars Park, Vauxhall City Farm and ending at Bonnington Square.
Walk led by Sue Sheehan from Incredible Edible Lambeth.
DATE AND TIME
Sat 27 May 2017
19:00 – 22:00
Meet outside the Garden Museum, Lambeth Bridge
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Are you interested in creating your own food enterprise? Join CREATE, a series of free workshops for Vassal and Coldharbour residents providing practical advice, support and networking for future food entrepreneurs.
If you’re interested in taking part, email email@example.com. See the flyer for more details.
A course supported by Morley College and Incredible Edible Lambeth.
We all want to put people at the heart of the food we create. What if here in Lambeth we produced, distributed and ate food in a way that:
- supported our community’s need to live healthily, socially, sustainably and affordably
- enabled food producers, manufacturers, retailers and innovators to work effectively together
- enabled us all to get more involved in meeting our own food needs
But we can’t do this on our own.
Many of the problems we face with how our food is grown, distributed, eaten – and sometimes wasted – don’t have easy answers. People locally and globally, whether citizens, local growers or large manufacturers, struggle to see the bigger picture, or understand how to make an impact. We need a different approach.
We are convening a group of up to 25 people for a 6 week programme to jointly create a better food system in Lambeth and beyond. Food growers, retailers, manufacturers, caterers, distributors, policy-makers, innovators, activists, writers – come and join us.
We will work with an approach known as U.Lab. This is a way of leading profound change that has been developed by action researchers at MIT, and practiced by leaders around the world for over 20 years.
For more information, and to register for the course, signup here.
Join a special series of workshops to help you sow seeds, improve soil and make your own hanging basket! The workshops are suitable for all levels and are run by experienced gardeners.
WORKSHOP 1: What Seeds to Sow Now
It is not too late to plant seeds! Explore the amazingly productive greenhouse and learn from expert grower Fabrice about what seeds to plant now to ensure you have produce through the winter. Meet other local gardeners and strengthen your networks/share seeds skills.
Date: Saturday, 23 July 2016
Location: Myatts Fields Park Greenhouse, Cormont Road, London SE5 9RA
WORKSHOP 2: Composting and Soil Improvement
Learn how to compost soil to prevent pests and encourage beneficial wildlife. Composting, and letting nature do the work, is at the core of permaculture systems. The workshop is led by Michel Thill, a local permaculture teacher. All resources are provided.
Date: Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Location: The Spinney, Clapham Common, 16 Belmont Close, Clapham SW4 6AT
WORKSHOPS 3: Hanging Baskets and Kokedama
Transform your space instantly with a hanging plant! We will use traditional hanging baskets but also practice the Japanese art of kokedama, which uses string and moss to hang individual plants. The workshop will be run by Urban Growth.
Date: Saturday, 30 July 2016
Time: 10.00-12.00 followed by drop-in 12.00-13.00
Location: Pop Farm, Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Rd, London SW9 8PQ
Any enquiries? Call Sue from Incredible Edible Lambeth on 07961 342247. To book a place: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or just turn up on the day.
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Looking back on U.Lab
By Olivia Haughton
In the last few months you may have read about the U.Lab Grow Your Own Leaders programme run in the spring by Incredible Edible Lambeth and Impact Hub Brixton. The premise of the course may seem foreign to many but the experience can benefit everyone.
It’s quite hard to describe what U.Lab is. Even now, having gone through the process, I struggle to condense the theory into a tidy sentence to relay to friends the journey I’ve been on. The theoretical grounding of the course seemed a little daunting at first and I wasn’t sure what I was signing up for. In practice what I gained was a network of supportive people who all want to make a difference and together we were equipped with the tools to do so.
It’s been over a month since U.Lab finished and I’m still reaping the benefits with a feeling of greater community connection and personal development. U.Lab teaches active listening, empathetic interaction and creative development – skills I hadn’t considered drawing on to enhance my career and community, and yet in practicing them have begun to see shifts.
My biggest take-away has been a sense of possibility and progression; the idea of ‘iterate, iterate, iterate’ translates into a practical tool for turning talk and plans into action. Essentially, fail fast in order to succeed. The first tangible outcome is a prototype for Brixton Community Fridge to tackle food waste and poverty in one go. Crowd funding has just begun, so watch this space!
While our recent course focussed on food, the applications for U.Lab are endless and can benefit whole communities. The conscious and conscientious process of generating change together creates a platform upon which sparks of inspiration and whispered hopes can bear fruit.
by Susan Sheehan, IEL Director
Last month I was fortunate enough to spend an afternoon on Angell Town with Simon Ghartey and some local and not-so-local volunteers installing a genuine RHS Chelsea garden, direct from the Flower Show, on a green patch at the heart of estate.
Residents from the estate were buzzing with excitement. Antoinella Prempeh, who lives opposite the garden, was beaming. “It such a positive change for us. This is a ‘top notch’ garden – something that you would normally only see in Kensington or Chelsea is here on my doorstep”.
Every plant from the Chelsea show garden has been saved. The vegetable patch, a short walk away from the flower garden, is filled with tomatoes, chillis and much more. Jasmine and Jada Atiemo said “with the the help of neighbours and other volunteers we managed to transform a weedy tangled mess into a lovely vegetable patch.”
The only part of the garden that did not come was the potting shed made out of an old container, because the residents didn’t want it, says the RHS.
Simon Ghartey, founder of social enterprise Progress, will continue to run gardening clubs as he has done in the area for nine years, building communities around gardens as they take responsibility for tending plants and open spaces.
Local vicar, Rosemarie Mallett, said “The garden is a symbol of the community creating a better environment for themselves through engaging with organisations like the RHS. It wouldn’t be here if people didn’t say they wanted and if people hadn’t got involved, with Simon’s help.”
For Simon, life has been extremely busy and exciting over the last few weeks. He and some of the residents helped install the show garden at Chelsea, and then attended the Show itself where they found themselves posing for photos many times over. “We were the celebrities’, said Simon. Perhaps the biggest celebrities were Taveesha Steele, who got to present flowers to the Queen and Joshua Homiah, who will help maintain the garden, and was featured on Gardeners World.
After all the excitement, Simon then worked with residents and volunteers to bring the garden back to Angell Town. Around 100 residents from the estate were involved and got their hands dirty!
Guy Barter, Chief Horticulturalist of the RHS was visiting at the same time as me. He has some horticultural tips that include ‘editing’ the planting scheme. Most of the plants are perennial but it is worth collecting seeds and adding fresh plants in from time to time, he said, and he recommended adding in some popular herbs such as rosemary and thyme to complement the lavender.
The garden will continue to be supported by the RHS through their ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ scheme that provides support from RHS garden advisors. This scheme is available to all community gardens.
A final word from another resident and member of the Resident Management Board, Christine Porter. “The garden is very inspirational. Lots of residents are already involved in the vegetable growing and the new flower garden has brought out people I haven’t seen for a while – so it makes me feel that it’s really worthwhile”.
by Wayne Trevor, IEL Director
The Open Orchard project came to central Brixton at the end of February, joining forces with the local residents of the Canterbury Gardens estate to plant 9 gorgeous fruit trees. The Open Orchard project started in West Norwood in 2014- an initiative supported by Lambeth Council through their visionary Open Works programme. They were successful in planting 67 trees in 9 mini-orchards, all of which had existing community groups who look after the trees.
So excited by the community’s enthusiasm for connection through planting, a group of the volunteers decided to make it official. Co-founder and chair Wayne Trevor picks up the story
“I was amazed at how people from all backgrounds would come together over the simple act of planting a fruit tree- and then return to water it, watch it flower, leaf and fruit. They are so easy to plant, and grow well in urban areas- and you get free food after just a few years! It’s a no-brainer!”
Canterbury Gardens estate was the first of 6 orchards planted this year- by the end of March the project will have planted 72 trees. Volunteers from the estate’s gardening group joined with residents who had never gardened before, with Lambeth estate management staff, maintenance contractors Pinnacle, Impact Hub Brixton and Open Orchard volunteers. Heritage varieties of quince and gage were planted with stalwarts of Bramley’s apple and William’s pear.
Open Orchard is funded by Incredible Edible Lambeth, Participatory City, Hawkes Cider and the awesome people of Lambeth who gifted over £750 through the Gift a Tree scheme.
Do you know of a public place e.g. a housing estate or park that could be a home to 5 or more fruit trees? If so we’d love to hear from you. We’re looking for locations for our mini-orchards for planting from November to March 2017- email us: email@example.com
Know the location of a fruit tree in Lambeth- either public or in your own garden? Often see the fruit go to waste? Later this year we’re launching a project to map all the fruit trees in the borough, so no fruit need go to waste. Get in touch and let’s start a conversation.
Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/openorchardproject Tweet us: @OpenOrchardProj . Gift a Tree: www.openorchard.weebly.com
by Sue Sheehan, IEL Director
Incredible Edible Lambeth (IEL) has partnered with Lambeth Food Partnership and ImpactHub Brixton to deliver a collaboration & leadership development programme for food activists. IEL, like many community organisations, has often found itself with too few people, too little time and good people suffering from burnout. So it was with great interest we heard about the ULab programme, developed by action researchers at Massachusets Institute of Technology that was being pioneered locally by ImpactHub Brixton. We took part in the first programme and went on to co-create a version focused on food.
We called the ULab Food programme Grow Your Own Leaders. It was launched on 9th March, with 68 people expressing an interest in the course which could take a maximum of 25 people. Through a mutual agreement process 25 people have signed up to work together over the next 6 weeks – learn about one another and find ways to work together so that we really can see Lambeth become a more healthy & sustainable borough. But the aim is that many more people will feel a part of the programme – and that after the first few weeks these newly invigorated ‘leaders’ will be reaching out for more people to collaborate with.
Already we have mapped the Lambeth food system and visited a couple of food projects, including Crystal Palace Food Market, nominated for a national BBC Good Food award last year. The visit included some time for ‘listening’ and comparing thoughts and ideas over coffee – not just going to see what it is all about but how to think a bit more deeply about what it might mean in terms of creating a better future.
For more information about the course and to follow it in progress please visit ulablambeth.blogspot.co.uk and follow us on Twitter #ulablambeth.