Project two presented a defferent set of challenges, as the team returned to the Tulse Hill Estate (this time on the other side of the road) to give new life and greater safety to an allotment garden,
It was built originally by local residents, as a space where adults and children could grow their own food. The love and care that had been put into the site was tremendous, but there were problematic safety issues in some areas, with exposed nails & lots of trip hazards. A refined layout and improved pathways would mean the community could make best use of the space. Below, an example of how we found the space.
A rotating team of Urban Growth staff joined forces with enthusiastic local residents to work through a challenging but highly rewarding job, not aided by significantly worse weather than we had enjoyed some weeks earlier at the Harmony Garden. The crew were very ably assisted on the Thursday by a team of corporate volunteers, who managed to build a very robust lean-to for the storage of pots and growing media. By the end of the week, the garden was transformed, and the community once again had a fabulous growing hub for all ages to use. Below, the corporate volunteers debate construction methods.
It can be easy to get carried away with the excitement of building new gardens, because there is something magical about seeing green where before there had only been brick and concrete. But it can be just as important to give new life to an unused garden – our green spaces are defined by the people who use them. If a garden has fallen into disrepair it means that valuable resource is not being taken advantage of. We are pleased that we bring the people back in to their little corners of heaven in Tulse Hill’s residential heart.