We made a community garden at this library (which the council had forced to close), to show how growing food can support local people to come together and achieve shared goals which improve everyone’s wellbeing.
Since building two raised beds, which created over 15 square metres of food growing area, we have hosted gardening sessions at the site every fortnight, collaborating with local people from the Vassall & Coldharbour Forum, and using crops grown from seed in the nearby Myatts Fields Greenhouses.
We have harvested over £30 worth of produce, as tomatoes, potatoes and lettuces, and hosted more than 70 different people on site over the summer.
We have enjoyed drumming, guitar-strumming, singing, hula-hooping and lots of delicious cakes baked by local people.This work has been possible thanks to funding from the Trust for London.
To find out more about the struggle to keep Lambeth’s libraries open, read more here.