Maryon Park, featured in the 1966 film 'Blowup', once sited the council's plant nursery. Abandoned over 25 years ago, the site became overgrown and inaccessible. The Friends of the Park started to clear the site in 2011 and with the help of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Groundwork are establishing a community food growing garden.
Growing frames are being built and will soon be ready for planting. Plots to be made available to local people who do not have gardens, schools and community organizations including Mind.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Bringing a derelict site back to life - transforming unused land.
Creating a Community Food Growing Resource - meet new people and learn new skills
Providing food growing plots for people who live in local high-rise council flats.
Greening a polluted works site.
Community involvement in a green project
Providing volunteering opportunities
Providing an educational and an health resource
Encouraging behavouir change
Creating a green sustainable Olympic Legacy
Creating an organic food growing facility
Creating a new green community space
Engaging participants in sustainable living activities
Encouraging behaviour change including recycling awareness
Creating a safe community growing site
Steps to get it done:
The Maryon Park Community Food Growing area has attracted volunteers from diverse members of the community.
Sixteen-year-old students have worked along side a 70 year-old volunteer gardener.
People from different cultures and abilities have worked together.
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