The much-loved vegetarian brand Linda Mccartney Foods, supported the creation and expansion of community gardens across the UK as part of their 30th anniversary celebration.
We were thrilled to have joined forces with Linda McCartney Foods, Lambeth Council and The Remakery to redesign Paulet Estate’s community garden located between Brixton and Camberwell using sustainable and recyclable materials.
Paulet Estate Community Garden was once a cherished space with large raised beds dedicated to food growing and benches for people to enjoy the garden. Sadly, over the years the garden had become neglected with the wooden raised beds and benches rotting and falling apart. Fly-tipping in the garden had become an issue.
Next to the garden was a large, long stretch of grass with little biodiversity or wildlife. Residents had complained that the garden had become a dog toilet.
Over half the residents near the garden are aged between 18-44 years old. 47% of residents are from BAME communities and 60% of residents are renting with 40% being council owned with little or no private outside space. Covid had hit these groups and this area hard.
Local parks and green spaces during the coronavirus pandemic became a sanctuary. This has shown beyond doubt the fundamental contribution green spaces have to the physical and mental wellbeing of Londoners, especially those without their own outdoor spaces.
We wanted to breathe new life into Paulet Estate Community Garden to provide a safe, vibrant, beautiful, green space for all to enjoy.
Linda McCartney Foods loved our pitch, funding the revamp of the community garden and post-build gardening sessions for 6 months.
To make this vision a reality we wanted to amplify the voice of local residents. We engaged local residents at Paulet Estate with an interactive questionnaire and held an online focus group for young people aged 16 – 24 year olds. Read the full community engagement report here.
With their feedback we designed a multi-functional space that will showcase tangible sustainable and regenerative garden techniques to show people how gardens can be kind to both people and the planet.
The designs included raised beds made from recycled materials, food growing in small spaces, and how to plant for wildlife with pallet raised beds, rainwater harvesting, repurposed containers, a wildflower garden and a mini urban orchard.
The Remakery is next to the Community Garden and played a pivotal role in bringing the community together to create a garden using reclaimed and sustainable materials.
The Remakery was born in 2012 out of a disused car park in South London. This creative not-for-profit has fostered a community of makers, artists, local residents and enterprises that have been breathing new life and creativity into things destined for landfill.
Together with our team we built raised beds, wall planters, and benches all out of pallet wood.
In just 3 days we transformed the garden. We couldn’t have done it without all the incredible volunteers and residents who came out in force to help!
We particularly want to thank Michael, a local resident, who has cared for the garden for years and is an absolute joy to work with.
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Revamping and expanding Paulet Estate’s community garden has provided a special green space for local people to connect with each other and nature.
Each month we run relaxed gardening sessions on how to grow your own food using sustainable, organic gardening techniques.
We would love you to join us in the garden! Join us completely free by booking your ticket here
Thank you to our collaborators Linda McCartney Foods for making this garden possible and Lambeth Council for trusting us to transform the space for the community and their continued support.
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In August we celebrated the garden’s completion and a summer of successful workshops. Of course, the food provided by the client stole the show!