The new year has got off to a great start, despite the freezing weather. One of our learners just passed their Plant Selection module, the most challenging of the 4 units in the Level 1 qualification.

We’re planning a big project at St Peters church in Rotherhithe, building raised beds and a wild walk with living willow fence, for the benefit of the congregation and all local people.

And we have been asked to join in with the excellent work of the Lambeth GP Food Co-op, growing food in GP surgeries, and developing new models of integrated, preventitive care for the NHS.

And our most recent graduate, Daniel, has started his work planting trees in Southwark with Gavin Jones, the second step on his horticultural career!

We’ve also got off to a good start at the Albany Theatre, with Toucan Employment, hosting 4 learners every week in the huge polytunnel there, where we harvested 5 kilos of green tomatoes in January, and two kilos of green and red chillis! We gave a kilo of spinach and mixed salad leaves to the cafe kitchen there too, to serve to local residents.

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