Local residents enjoyed a gardening event on the Gascoyne estate, thanks to Sanctuary Housing and Groundwork London, the leading environmental regeneration charity.
Residents completed finishing touches to the garden, which used to be an unused piece of land, by planting fruit trees, sowing seeds, installing water butts and painting a new sign for the Madiba garden, named after the late Nelson Mandela.
The Sanctuary-owned piece of land started its makeover in July 2013 when residents were successful in gaining support through Transform Edible East, funded by The City Bridge Trust and The Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food programme, which enabled Groundwork London to support local community groups to transform their underused green spaces into thriving community resources.
Now the area can be enjoyed by all residents to dig, plant, pick, eat and learn about the fruitful crops that will be grown there.
Jo Revett, Sanctuary’s senior project officer for London and South East, said: “I’m so pleased with the motivation of residents who want to turn this garden into something they can all enjoy.
“We were very happy to support residents with their funding application and we’re thrilled that this special project is taking place on one of our estates.”
Groundwork London transform project officer, Colin Graham, added: “We were delighted to support residents of Gascoyne Estate to transform an underused space into a thriving green space for the entire community to enjoy. Transform Edible East has shown that there is a desire to grow food in urban environments and eat more healthily.
“The celebration event was attended by lots of eager volunteers and the transformation of the garden shows what can be achieved when residents come together!”
If anyone is interested in getting involved with the Madiba garden, whether it is to dig, plant, tidy or just to enjoy the garden, please contact Cedric Hall, volunteer resident, on 07966 144451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.