Supporting and enabling creative and diverse projects that benefit our local communities
This project will provide an eye catching, durable and meaningful artwork for members of this community garden to enjoy through all seasons. Recent high rise building development opposite the garden has changed the familiar view for the visitors here. Through the creation of a colourful and inspiring mosaic, we will encourage the community members to take ownership of their garden again, and create something that complements the new plantings and existing fish pond. Participants from diverse communities and especially over 50s will be engaged in the project and contribute their ideas for motifs in brainstorming sessions. Also through this outreach project, participants will assist in the mosaic making in stimulating and sociable workshops, a valuable group activity which was much missed during the lockdown months.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The project will bring considerable benefits for over 50s in the area. By collaborating in group workshops this will improve their mental health, increase stimulation and reduce lonlieness and a sense of isolation. Furthermore it will encourage social cohesion from diverse community members working together, especially when deciding together on a group theme for the mosaic. The mural will also enhance the garden space and the plantings that are growing there. At the same time it will improve the view for the elderly residents who live at Penfold Centre. It will also foster a greater pride in the neighbourhood due to the high standard of community artwork created and generate a positive feeling.
Steps to get it done:
The Penfold Community Garden is the garden of the residents who live at Notting Hill Genesis’s Extra Care housing at 60 Penfold Street. Some years ago following a consultation with the residents and a successful fundraising campaign - the garden had a wonderful makeover. The purpose was to create a more accessible and interesting environment that was inclusive and welcoming and had spaces that facilitated both quiet and social activities. The new garden had additional small manageable raised beds and a walking circuit with appropriate seating to sit and rest. The garden is now looked after by a gardening group made up of local older people.
About the space
The Penfold Community Garden is in the centre of the Church Street neighbourhood which is now part of a major regeneration project. The area has a very diverse community with different histories and experience which we hope will influence the images that make up the final design of the mural .
City of Westminster