The park is located next to a number of large social housing estates. Clapham Park Estate, just over the road, is being redeveloped and large numbers of people will be moving into the area. There are three primary schools in the immediate area, plus a new secondary school soon to be developed. We already have some very committed volunteers giving their time to gardening in the park and they have told us they would like some support to run weekly gardening sessions which can help people grow some of their own food. We also want to help children better understand where their food comes from.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This is a great idea because it promotes healthy eating and environmental sustainability. Regular gardening sessions are also a fantastic way for people to come together informally and work together. This helps develop friendships and promotes understanding between people from different backgrounds - it reduces social isolation.
Steps to get it done:
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Gardening Course starting Saturday 17 Feb We will be running a six week gardening course starting Saturday 17 Feb, 2-4pm. In fact it's only five weeks as the sixth will be the Easter weekend so the sixth session will be Sunday 25th March - where all the other sessions will be on a Saturday including Saturday 24th March. The course will be like by Martin Cobley who ran a similar course at a community garden in Wandsworth last year. The course will include lots of information and practical hands on experience. This means you will accumulate lots of knowledge and be ready to grow your own veg at home and in the garden together this year. To sign up, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The more the merrier!
Thank you to everyone who helped to fund this project, we really appreciate your support. Our first event of the New Year will be our 'Apple Tree Wassailing' event on Saturday 13th January from 1pm - 4pm in the community garden. We're also going to be learning more about pruning fruit trees. We'll keep you updated with information about upcoming workshops and events.