A group of 100 vulnerable and marginalised women in Poplar, Stepney and Limehouse will work alongside professional volunteers to create edible urban gardens in unexpected spaces.
The gardens created will be a local seasonal food source and teaching resource, improving health and well-being in the borough of Tower Hamlets and improving shared community spaces for all local residents.
English and Maths skills will be embedded in all activities by adult education tutors teaching valuable functional skills that will transform the lives of vulnerable women long beyond the duration of our project.
A small scale pilot gardening project last year was commissioned and funded by the TH public health team and they support this new community-led development of the project this year.
A successful crowdfunding campaign will not only enable us to impact many more women, but will make Poplar, Stepney and Limehouse more healthy and more beautiful places to live for the whole community.
Many families haven't had the chance to experience an outdoor pool but love a simple picnic in the park, So we would like to combine the two and give them the chance to do both. With some delicious food, Refreshing drinks and great music we want to invite the local community to have a fun filled day out without all the expense. Creating memorable moments and experiences for all.
We have no funding so help us get garden tools, giant waterbutt, veg seeds, herbs and fruit trees and van hire to collect free compost.
The soil is contaminated and covered in rubble, so we're growing veg in garden waste bags filled with free compost from North London Waste Authority, which is made from council collections of food and garden waste.
The canal allotment is a self-help, self-build project for Hackney residents in receipt of means tested benefit who don't have a garden.
The waiting list for allotments in Hackney has been closed since 2008 as they can't keep up with demand.
The allotment will be in wooden planters reclaimed from the Olympic Park built filled with recycled compost made from council food and garden waste from council recycling collections. http://www.londonwaste.co.uk/community/compost/
The allotment will:
a) Tackle food poverty by enabling people on benefit to grow their own food. Hackney has one of the highest poverty rates in the country.
b) Improve health & wellbeing
c) Bring people together, reducing social isolation
d) Showcase the use of reclaimed and recycled materials in garden design
Poplar School backs on to the local park – Mostyn Gardens and an opportunity to develop this area arose last year after our school expansion project. This corner of the park was used as the vehicle access for the new build and a road was left behind -crossing the park to our grounds. Our Headteacher noticed lots of young children came to school on their ‘scooters’ and she devised the idea of a Scooter Park! The design includes using the existing road and adding road markings and undulating pathways with raised gradients to give interest plus a 'race track' grid. There is also be a 'village' area for play activities.
The park will be used by the school at set times but open to the community each day and at weekends.
We cannot find a park of this nature in the UK –we think it is quite unique - certainly in Merton!
We need £20,000 for the second phase which includes installing a timber shelter, street furniture, road markings, signage and the completion of the race track!