Last week, over 5 days, we shifted over 15 tons of compost onto the communal garden of Pynfolds Estate, SE16, just opposite Southwark Park!
We used over 100 metres of timber to build raised beds for growing vegetables.
We planted over 200 shrubs and herbs, including a chamomile lawn in the playground, 4 fruit trees (two plum, and apple and pear), 15 climbers to cover the unsightly walls of utility sheds, and two huge blueberry patches.
We celebrated with local residents on Saturday, with a BBQ, and were very moved by the responses of local people – one of whom drove to the other side of London to get us a huge spread of Turkish delicacies. He wants everyone to know this sort of project would never happen in his home country, and we are all very lucky to be living in such a great country and city with the chance for local people to get funding to improve their community.
We’ll be back in the Spring, to tend the shrubs, record the incredible bulb display we will be treated to, and train up the residents so they can look after the space themselves for many years to come.
The project was made possible thanks to funding from United St. Saviours, and the Mayor of London’s Pocket Parks fund, administered by Groundwork, and we are delighted to be part of a London-wide movement to create and improve our city’s pocket parks for the benefit of local communities.