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Gardens offer opportunities

27 September 2016

Kingsmead residents are being encouraged to get involved with two community gardens on the estate.

Westside and Eastside community gardens, with funding from Sanctuary Housing, offer residents in the community a place to sow seeds, compost and plant fresh fruit and veg.

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to make bug hotels which create habitats for insects like ladybirds, learn carpentry and build raised beds, or make fat balls which will feed native birds over winter.

The Westside garden, on Kingsmead Way, is open from 11am to 2pm on Saturdays while the Eastmead garden, on Jarrow Way, is open 1pm to 3pm on Thursday. Both are open to all Kingsmead residents.

Sanctuary has been working with EcoActive to make the gardens a running success, with each organisation providing funding for different activities.

Sophie Lejeune-Peggie, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “Not having access to green space is an issue particularly prevalent in London. Thanks to our great volunteers, the gardens look better than ever. The groups are keen for all residents to enjoy the space so feel free to come along, even it’s just for a hot drink and a chat.”

For more information, contact lead gardener Sarah Watt on 07762926970.


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