Our largest community project in 2019 is the revitalisation of Slade Gardens, where we will be running volunteer & training sessions throughout the year.

We expect this site will become our community gardening base in 2019 & beyond, where we can massively increase the amount of food & flowers we grow ourselves, reducing our carbon footprint through less reliance on commercial nurseries. In the process of growing these plants, we will be educating learners and engaging volunteers from the local community. We hope that some of them will eventually join our landscaping teams to create new gardens indoors and out, across London.

As winter shifts into spring, we will be building new raised beds, paths, a polytunnel and pond. The picture above shows how the site was in autumn 2018. Since then, with help from corporate volunteers, we have demolished many of the old structures which were unsound.

We will need many more volunteers, in groups and as individuals, to help us create the new growing areas. This is a great opportunity for corporate groups to get involved with a long-term project, embedded in the local community, with a variety of tasks throughout the year. Please sign up to events here, or get in touch via email to learn more.

beehives at slade

The 3 existing beehives on site (installed & managed by the amazing local BeeUrban) will be retained, with an improved viewing structure built, to allow everyone to take their time & feel comfortable while observing these amazing & essential insects.

Our goal here in 2019-20 is to establish a range of opportunities for local people to engage with the natural world, growing food & flowers together. We expect to deliver open-access, drop-in volunteer sessions on the weekends, and more structured, educational sessions during the week, for local schools, community groups & specialist support agencies.

The first group of beneficiaries will be the existing users of Slade Adventure Playground, who will be able to move seamlessly from the amazing play structures such as the Yellow Submarine (below), into the food & wildlife areas. If you would like your organisation to get involved (or to join us as an individual), please contact us at info@urbangrowth.london to enquire, and follow us on social media to see the latest news.

adventure playground structures slade autumn 2018

This project is funded by the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund and the Trust for London, and we are seeking donors/sponsors to continue the project after the summer of 2019.

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