Some observant attendees will have noticed that there were Engie banners at our recent Blooming Lambeth Awards in Brixton Town Hall; they sponsored us this year, and we are excited to announce that we are now developing a great partnership with this renewable energy company.
So here is what Engie is offering us through 2020:
An offer of volunteers: do you need a big job accomplished in the New Year but are wondering where you will get the people power? Then apply to us and Engie will help you out. We will be creating a schedule of volunteers and the company needs six weeks’ notice, so get your request in before Christmas, so the wheels can start turning.
An offer of trees: would you like some trees for your site? 2020 is going to be the year of tree planting, as we all try to mitigate against our climate emergency. Do you have a patch of land that would be appropriate for a tree? Let us know as soon as you can and we will request them from Engie.
Anoffer of topsoil: this can be provided upon request
An offer of planks or railway sleepers for raised beds, or any other construction project: as above, just ask and we will see what can be done.
Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get things moving.
Would you like to show off your garden next June? If so, why not apply to join the Open Garden Squares Weekend which takes place on 6-7 June 2020. The organisers are reaching out to new hidden gems around the borough, so now’s your chance to shine! Find out more here and ping us an email to say you’ve applied email@example.com
IEL has commissioned the Independent Film Trust to make a film about our four winning schools in the Blooming Lambeth Awards. The aim of making the film is to reveal what a difference it has made to these four schools, to highlight the successes and pitfalls and (hopefully) to get other schools thinking about outdoor learning in the next season. Thank you to Streatham Wells, Jubilee, Heathbrook and Johanna Oasis primary schools for agreeing to be part of this exciting venture.
Streatham Common Community Garden has been chosen to benefit from the next round of Co-op’s Local Community Fund. Every time a Co op member buys a selected own brand product or service, 1% of the money they spend goes to local causes in their neighbourhood. Find out more here
We have an arrangement with Lambeth Horticultural Society for free membership for all our group members. This will give you access to the Hut where discounted garden equipment is available. Contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to get hold of your Incredible Edible Lambeth Group Membership card (letting us know the community garden you are involved with).
Are you looking for a new set of tools for your community garden? The Tools Shed Project beautifully refurbishes old tools and gives them away several times a year to communities. Register your interest here and you will be contacted a couple of weeks before the next giveaway at Wormwood Scrubs on 18th January. There will also be some bird boxes and planters available, so if you have specific requests, email email@example.com and they will try to accommodate you.
MOST importantly – please drop off old broken tools at our partner The Remakery, 51 Lilford Road, where they will be collected by the project.
Sukant and Jerome met earlier this year in March. Sukant is a keen community and urban permaculturalist and Jerome is passionate about horticulture in general. They met at Pedlars’ Park in Lambeth, where Jerome was taking some cuttings, soon after they have spent this whole year greening the Carmelita Community Garden, helping with the Vauxhall City Farm garden, taken over neglected planters on Whitgift Street and conducted all kinds of guerilla gardening across estates and communities, planting mainly strawberries and tomatoes around the Vauxhall area. Many children, young people and families were involved throughout the year in these projects simply by passing and getting involved immediately, especially the children who loved to help with planting and watering.
Having grown rocket leaves, lettuces, spring onions and herbs they decided to throw a community BBQ at the Carmelita Centre in August, to which dozens of people from the community came to enjoy the lettuce harvest and enjoy the food people cooked on the BBQ. And this is the big vision, to develop food resilience and security with the community, to then use the harvests and yields to put on community eating events, to collectively enjoy the food and use it as a means to bring people together, develop understanding of environment, food production and histories, develop health and well being and just enjoy the wonderful sight of the small children picking edible berries and fruits from the plants.
Sukant has had a green light from Lambeth Council to start a food growing project at Pedlars’ Park, which is the first phase of a multiphase approach across Vauxhall to develop some of the green spaces into edible food forests and gardens that the community can grow and distribute at community events. They are currently enjoying particularly making their own soil and looking towards another big push from the start of Spring next year, but in the meantime you might see them around, please do stop and say ‘hello’ and have a conversation. It’s when Sukant and Jerome are out in the community growing that conversations with members of the community are had and its the best moment in the open and with the plants to have conversations as to what else we can achieve collectively.
IEL is working alongside Lambeth Council to ensure that our green spaces are protected and enhanced; by making sure that pesticide and herbicide isn’t used, to help with planting of indigenous fruit and nut trees, to encourage wildlife by leaving areas for them to hibernate or nest, by growing flowers that attract pollinators.
We fully endorse the Lambeth Biodiversity Plan and encourage our members to do so too.
We would love you to submit ideas for food-centred events, even if you’ve already registered with Sustain. In order to get onto our IEL Harvest brochure, submit your event via this google form or email us the information by 3rd September. The info you supply will also go onto our website.
Here you will find the full list of events. Each event has its own page, so click on the link to find out more.