A community garden that provides Hackney residents of all ages with the opportunity to grow their own produce is looking for more people to get involved.
Madiba Gardens, named after the late Nelson Mandela, is a growing space on the Gascoyne estate, set up on a plot of land donated by Sanctuary Housing.
Each week, residents gather together to tend the garden, growing all sorts of fruit and vegetables, which are then distributed to families around the estate.
The site is also used by nearby Wentworth Children’s Centre for sessions teaching gardening skills and the importance of eating fresh, healthy food.
The garden features raised beds, making it easier for people with limited mobility to get involved, as well as a greenhouse made entirely from recycled plastic bottles, ensuring activity can take place all year round.
And there are plans to develop the garden further, with Sanctuary providing funding for a dedicated play area to make the site more welcoming to children and further increase participation.
Cerdic Hall, who runs the project, said: “Madiba Gardens is a fantastic community resource for residents of the Gascoyne estate and we would love to have even more people involved and enjoying the benefits of this wonderful green space.”
Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “We are always keen to support projects that make our neighbourhoods greener places to live and help our residents to live sustainable, healthy lifestyles.
“Madiba Gardens has been a real success story, not just in growing fruit and vegetables but also in growing a real sense of community.”
Anyone who would like to find out more or get involved at Madiba Gardens can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07966 144451.
This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.