Following the isolation of 2020, we want to use 2021 to re-engage and uplift the community, whilst sharing skills and information on nature, art, health & wellbeing. We will install a used shipping container converted to serve as a learning space and hub for garden users and the community. Working with volunteers, we'll add solar panels, a rainwater harvesting system, a green roof and exterior living walls. Once complete, we’ll put together a schedule of new activities and events for all age groups that embody the essence of community gardening. These will include building raised beds for community use and building a cob oven for cooking garden produce. *We are awaiting final permission to install the shipping container. No funds will be transferred to the project until this permission is confirmed.*
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Establishing a new hub for locals that can act as a place of respite and fun in and amongst nature. Up to 48% of local residents do not have access to a garden (ONS). Re-engaging and uplifting the community with vibrant, inviting family friendly events and ongoing opportunities to connect after periods of isolation and loneliness. Bringing together and celebrating the many different social and cultural groups in the borough to re-establish the benefits of London’s multi-ethnic population. Supporting local artists and business. Over 70% of the self employed workforce expect to lose more than 50% of their income due to the impact of COVID19 (Oxford Economics). Providing participants with the tools to appreciate and focus on health and wellbeing after a traumatic period. Making activities free access or ‘pay what you can’ will ensure accessibility to all, this is important as Southwark has a higher than average poverty rate and higher income inequality. (Trust for London).
Steps to get it done:
In addition, the adding of an indoor classroom space will enable us to work towards official certification of our current food growing course and the creation of a permaculture course. As well as being a Green Flag Community Award winner, we are currently certified as a Permaculture Association Land Centre. At present we give the majority of our produce to the local foodbank. We would like to explore the possibility of produce being chosen & collected directly from the garden as well as ensuring anyone who would like to can be involved in the growing process.
About the space
London Borough of Southwark