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Two years ago, this site was not the most attractive part of Brent. But some local residents have clubbed together to turn this grey eyesore into a green paradise. We already have a wildlife pond, a stunning tipi and wild flower meadows. But no compost! What's more, there is strong scientific evidence to suggest that green spaces are very beneficial for our mental health. This is why St Raphael's Edible Garden is so important. For everybody. It's fast becoming an attractive and peaceful green space, where local people - young and old - can come and get fresh air, fresh company and grow some fresh food. But none of this will happen without soil, and lots of it (15 tonnes to be precise). Also, our old composter bins are themselves decomposing. We need to fix these up and give them a lick of paint, so we can make our own compost!
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The idea started when we took over the lease on a disused plot of land. Apart from a few weeds emerging through cracks in the tarmac, the area attracted fly tipping (and flies). Watered by a fantastic community spirit, the idea germinated and grew into St Raphael's Edible Garden. To date, the garden has benefited from volunteer zeal and generous donations from local companies. And we already run bi-weekly volunteering sessions and school horticulture courses on the site. But there's still a way to go... Once complete, the garden will help everyone - kids, teenagers, adults, old people; those with a mental health condition, living alone, needing some company - to lead a healthier and happier life. In particular, it will rejuvenate St Raphael's Estate and all who dwell therein. The garden will spruce up a, shall we say, less-than-pretty estate and encourage locals to become actively engaged in caring for their own environment.
Steps to get it done:
Check out the idea HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5hZ_zegtkE
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