Agnes Riley is a local park where locals can come, exercise, play, relax and garden in the peaceful enclosed garden. we love the diffent facets of our community that find themselves admiring the giant cardoons and that come toogether on the weekends to socialise and lend a hand in the garden. The friends of Agnes Riley Gardeng (FOARG) host events for youth and adults alike designed to engage and educate. Tree pruning workshop After School Nature Club Working Together ( from Big Clean Up Day) Getting to know the wild life – meeting with a toad Frog Life Pond Clearing with Good Gym Building a Frog Stairway with Good Gym Pond Dipping session with Good Gym
This communal garden is a lovely sunny sheltered spot and all the flats face onto it. The garden has been grown from scratch following recent refurbishment work to the flats. A number of resident share the gardening to create a wonderful communal garden for all to enjoy. The planting is a mix of flowers, herbs and vegetables that all grow profusely. There is a small water feature. The garden looks good all year round The lawns ,paving and seating provide a space for residents to meet up and hold social events, Balmoral Court is on of Lambeth’s sheltered housing scheme in West Norwood with thirty homes
In its second year, Barnwell Gardens is still a thriving community space. Barnwell Gardens was created as a space for the whole community to gather together, with seven benches, toddler seating and lots of beautiful planters. The planters, benches and toddler seat have been made out of old beds, garden benches and pallets. Reuse and remake is the motto of the community garden. The whole community has donated time, plants and expertise to create a beautiful communal space for those on the street and further afield to enjoy. The community on Barnwell road has spent time together, with young and old enjoying the plants. The planting was designed to appeal to bees, with salvia, geraniums and lots of sunflowers. The addition of a plum tree, figs, strawberries, chard, nasturtium and wild rocket growing, helps people learn how things grow. It is enjoyed by the whole community, including road sweepers, parents with young babies, people on their lunch break or on work calls. The whole Barnwell road community has come together to plant, build and tend to the garden. An inclusive, diverse space for everyone to enjoy.
Challice Way was developed as part of the Grow Back Greener funding in 2021. It used to be a bleak paved area, with support of IEL the residents transformed the space into a vibrant community garden that has an abundance flowers and vegetables and has brought the community neighbours together to share and create this now beautiful space. Many children have been part of the garden creation, and on community build days neighbours have brought food to share with each other. They also grow food to share such as aubergines, potatoes and tomatoes. They also grow beautiful flowers such a gulabas that originate on India and wonderful sunflowers. This community really deserve a prize for this magical and special garden.
The Community Healing Garden at Duffel House has been in creation since 2021.it has been created by residents, IEL gave them support in creating the garden as part of the Grow Back Greener project. Jerome and his sister Shanelle are 2 of the instigators of the project along with Alison, another resident. They have created fantastic raised beds using pallets with the support of Dennis from Inuse Reuse, and have planted a hedgerow around the perimeter of the garden. They have also entered the garden into the London in Bloom competition and when I last visited they were planting up lots of roses, jasmines and clematis to bring colour and scent to the garden. The residents efforts have transformed this dull blank space into a community space- brilliant!
Our community courtyard garden continues to thrive in its pots and raised beds. Though predominantly a flower garden, we have also allocated spaces for food growing. Not all of them have been planted up this year as we have a limited number of spaces in which to rotate crops, so felt some of the raised beds needed to be rejuvenated and given a rest. Green manure will be sown instead. Our raspberries, only planted last year, are cropping well, and the blackberries, gooseberries, currants and rhubarb seem to get better year on year. So many delicious deserts have been possible this year from our home grown organic produce. Time spent watering is richly rewarded by on site treats! We have grown garlic for the first time this year and have started to crop it. The difference in smell and taste from shop bought is incredible. Plans are being developed for a funding bid to have more raised beds built to replace the many pots which are more difficult to maintain in hot weather. Our ambition continues to grow!
This small previously unloved site, identified as Lambeth council land, has been transformed by local residents and Father Nature into a lovely community garden. It houses beds with flowers and vegetables, a bug hotel, composting bin, seating and a community library. A beautiful focal point for local residents to sit and congregate. It offers multiple volunteering opportunities for the community to come together throughout the year, whether for bulb planting, weeding and general maintenance. Its name commemorates that this site was hit by a V1 bomb in on 27th July 1944 leading to the demolition of several houses and the death of local resident Charles Kerbey of 23 Wavertree Road.
The Grow Holland Town Gardening Group run by Holland Town Residents Association (HTRA) is based at the Community Hall Garden however the whole Holland Town Estate is the gardening space. Little pockets of planting spaces all over the estate growing a mixture of flowers and edible plants. The gardening group started over 6yrs ago but really come in to its own during the pandemic to help residents who do not have garden space at home get out of the house and learn gardening skills as well as interacting with the neighbours.
I am nominating the patch outside Michelson house, my gardening group have helped me to plant flowers and vegetables after my dad passed away from Covid. The difference in landscape has attracted people to come and actually relax with friends whereas before it was just a dog poop spot. I love how much more relaxed people seem to be as they slow down to look at the flowers.
Robbies garden was at the beginning of 2021 a fenced in patch of green space that was unused by the community and prone to fly tipping. The residents used funding and support from IEL and Grow Back Greener fund to transform the space for people and planet. They removed the fencing so the garden is accessible, created some wonderful planters , put in seating and planted fruits bushes along with hundreds of spring flowering blubs. Now the space is used by the community to connect with nature , connect with their neighbours and rest and relaxation. The residents have transformed an unloved corner of this estate into a haven. The first 2 photos are of Robbies garden spring 2022, and the final photo is of the space prior transformation. Residents meet up fortnightly to care for the space , in between gardening on the other side of the estate at their veg plots in some concrete planters.
The gardens on Scarlette Manor Way between the houses with even numbers on one side of the block and flats with odd numbers on the other side of the block. These has been managed and planted with a variety of plants, shrubs and edibles. The variety of colour in the flowering plants and diversity of leaf shape and hue is simply beautiful. There is colour all year round. It’s is for me not just a beautiful display but to see growing things when I leave my flat in great for my mood and mental health. Chrissy has worked hard to give us all on the block this gift of a connection with the natural world.
The Edible Playground was set up in 2019 by Urban Growth as part of Slade Gardens Adventure Playground. The garden consists of vegetable beds (some raised), a polytunnel, a pond, ornamental beds, beehives, a quail shed as well as a wildflower meadow that was grown here for the 2021 Chelsea Flower Show and replanted in the playground afterwards. This winter we plan to plant an orchard and sensory garden for the children. The space is now maintained by around a dozen local volunteers, spanning a large age range and several nationalities, who usually meet for 2-3 hours on Saturdays. We also host DofE volunteers and organise activities for children on Saturday afternoons and in the holidays. The Edible Playground is self-sufficient financially, with sales of plants grown on site and produce (vegetables + honey) covering the costs of our inputs, tools and other equipment. In the longer term we hope to set up a café in the playground, which will be able to make use of our vegetables and herbs. During the COVID lockdowns fresh vegetables were delivered to local residents and some produce is given away to families of children who use the playground. The garden also has an important educational role: children are encouraged to learn about vegetable growing and the importance of plants and insects to human life. A further function of the Edible Playground is as a place for relaxation; tucked away in a peaceful corner of Slade Gardens, it offers a welcome sanctuary in a busy area of inner London.
This is all about Andrzej my new neighbour. We build together. We did together. We plant together. It all began in lockdown I set out on a mission with my old neighbour Alex to improve our outdoor space for everyone. Initially digging sections of borders each day. The ground was hard and unloved but I was determined to improve the space we have as a community. With the mindset of having improved our indoors as a collective painting and cleaning with people from the community (both leaseholders and council tenants) contributing in both money and volunteering. The snowball effect happened. People could see the effort I was putting in and contributed funds to buy some local plants to help add as much green as possible. The local garden centre in west Norwood were fantastic and gave us deals on plants that needed to be put in the ground and ones that were dying. Step two was growing vegetables for everyone. Both alex and I split the costs to build a vegetable patch. All with the intention of improving our community space and teaching people how to plant and garden. It was a fantastic summer of runner beans, Strawberries and potatoes you name it we probably gave it a go. Alex sadly left as his family grew too big for his apartment and I was left with a mountain of a task to uphold a lot of the good work on my own. The costs kept adding up and it is really hard to keep funding for such a large space. Arrive Andrzej and his family. A man who loves the planet and plant life in general. A man of simple pleasures and treats one person’s trash as his treasure. The shed, the greenhouse and the many plants outside the front of the block all retrieved from recycling or saved from landfill as he works as the recycling / waste centre. He inspired me once again that a lot of spaces can be improved further just by being extremely resourceful. He reignited my passion for the garden once again. We upgraded the vegetable patch where we retrieved probably around 3 or 4 tonnes of free soil with neighbours help from local gardens on gumtree. We built a pallet fence to prevent foxes and make sure our hard graft was protected. I had to carry a lot of pallets for him but he deserves it for the effort he puts in. It fills me with joy a man does not give up on any plant. He sees one dying or being throw away– be it at the recycling centre or when we went to B&Q and before you know it we were begin given ‘dead’ plants. The following week green shoots reappear as he repotted them, and green shoots/leaves begin to appear. I arranged block funding to contribute to our own strimmer but again you can only ask so much of people to help support us. I keep digging he keeps finding things to plant. As you can see we have a new project in the car park and more borders to fill. We wait for councils to fix our fencing but in the meantime he does everything in his power to improve the space for everyone and the planet. I would be super grateful if Andrzej was to win an award as I feel his efforts deserved to be recognised and to be rewarded for all his efforts which no doubt he will find many exciting projects to crack on with if given financial aid!