Saturday, 6 August 2011

Cranbook Community Food Garden E2

Back in June I was in London for a friend's birthday party, and it happily coincided with Open Garden Squares Weekend. Very near where I was staying was Cranbook  Community Food Garden (off Roman Road) and it was a delight - not really that large a space, created from a waste area that was not only an odd shape, but also originally had a small hill in it.

Three years, much hard labour and 1000s of tons of compost later, and it is truly inspiring - 17 raised beds, a wormery, a composting area and flowers, herbs, and vegetables ... all organic.

Surrounded by tall blocks of flats, it is sheltered and seems to be a suntrap - the runner bean plants were tall and already flowering gloriously, whereas mine up in North Yorkshire had only just started to twine up their poles.

The members range in age from 9 to 94, with everyone sharing in each new crop of vegetables. Lovely head gardener Laura Buckley spent ages showing me everything and sharing her enthusiasm, saying that she often pops down to do 30 minutes weeding, and 3 hours later is still pottering in bliss.
I really like London and all it has to offer, and this would definitely be in my top ten of lovely things I have come across.

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