Outdoor activities are in full swing, and we’ve been busy setting up exciting new projects with collaborators from Canada Water to Brixton. We are finishing off the main features of the garden at Surrey Square, laying a path with aromatic herbs creeping between flagstones and mulching the beds – which conserves moisture (if you soak the soil first!) and adds slow release nutrients throughout the growing season. By summer the space will be awash in colour from alliums, agapanthus, artichokes, artemisia and many other plants not beginning with ‘A’!
Grow Local Rotherhithe at Time and Talents continues under different funding this season (thank you People’s Postcode Trust and Trust for London!), and we’ve got a new batch of recruits who are honing their horticultural skills, tending the fruit trees, vegetable patch and network of community gardens on 5 local estates with residents.
We’ve settled into a rhythm with the Lambeth GP Food Co-op, delivering a weekly session at Kings College Hospital in Denmark Hill. We’ve got 10 huge raised beds there, and are working with long-term patients of a local GP surgery to grow edible plants. We planted dahlias this week, which most people grow for show, but which were originally cultivated for their tubers, which are very nutritious!
We’ve been approached to collaborate with two major projects this year, and are working with partners to confirm details of these exciting opportunities. Both provide the chance to demonstrate innovative uses of urban spaces which improve the lives of local people, through creating and maintaining green places.