Signs of spring are showing, and we’ve been preparing for the growing season in earnest. Orsetta’s been busy from Greenwich to Stockwell, indoors & out…
The main focus of the week was actually Saturday, when we hosted our first volunteers at Slade Gardens. This project is a key focus of our community work in 2019, made possible so far by funding from the Trust for London and the Mayor’s Greener City Fund. You can read more about that project here.
We had 6 volunteers help us on an overcast February day, which is a good start! It’s amazing how much you can get done with a small but committed team in a few hours: we cleared lots of shrubs & ivy ready for a polytunnel, filled pits & levelled the ground, cleared away rotten decking, prepared a temporary site to host our 3 beehives & shifted many shovels of compost!
We’ve got lots more opportunities to help create a biodiverse, productive communal resource in the coming weeks, and you can sign up here.
And before all that, I worked with my colleague Seb to install a green wall at Fountain and Ink, a Barworks pub & pizza bar in SE1. You can see the progression from bare wall to almost-complete installation (little bit tricky to get the lighting right with a smartphone camera!)
We also put the finishing touches on a huge indoor installation for Tom Dixon-designed interiors in Greenwich. This included creating terrariums, by filling beautiful glassware with gravel, soil, plants & moss.
“A Gardeniser (garden-organiser) requires both technical skills, like practical gardening skills, as well as the ability to enable volunteers & staff who work in the garden to be fully included in the work that garden is doing through good communication, mediation, organisation & management skills. A Gardeniser supports cohesion, participation & social inclusion in the community garden.”
So I’m really excited to be joining like-minded people to improve what I love doing most 🙂