As many of you know, with a team of passionate volunteers, we have been humbly working on a rather forlorn patch of Norwood Rd SE27 for the past two years. Some of you are on our mailing list and have come along and joined us as we planted fruit bushes, herb, bulbs and spruced up an existing planter and brought in a tonne of compost to improve the soil under the tree.
For those of you who don’t know about us, we are volunteer led project that engages with communities to encourage them to take on neglected or forgotten sites in their neighbourhoods to transform them into valuable community growing spaces, with an eye on planting edibles and being design-led in our approach.
Along with regular regular gardening days in West Norwood, we’ve held three community consultations around the re-design we proposed and received really positive responses. Having sought permission from all the relevant parties, we are very pleased to announce work is finally to start on the re-landscaping of the area on Norwood Road with the wide paving and bollards – running in-between Lancaster Avenue and Elmcourt Road SE27 outside William Brown Court Estate. Funding for the garden is provided by Lambeth Council and the Mayor of London’s ‘Pocket Park
‘ scheme. The hard landscaping is to carried out by LB Lambeth contractors – CVU and is set to start in the week of April 7th. CVU estimate the build will take 4-weeks. They have posted 500 leaflets through local doors announcing the build.
We’ve called this garden the ‘Hoopla Garden’ as the design uses the existing bollards, which for better of for worse, are a local landmark. The design lays concrete rings over them, so it looks a kin to a game of Hoopla. Permeable paving strips will be laid diagonally across the site to assist in better water drainage and all the paving will see a make-over.
We were awarded additional soft landscaping funds from the Grow Wild
initiative, so will be overseeing the planting with a variety of Native edibles and non edibles and Wild flowers. The site will be transformed and West Norwood will have a new verdant and unique landmark of pride. A Native and Wild garden for the people! The planting will encourage bio-diversity and raise awareness of what is indigenous to the UK. We hope to interest local schools in the garden as it will provide a wonderful educational tool.
Above all, it is the communities garden to nurture and cherish and we invite you who live in the area, to come along to help tend the garden. All are welcome, even if it just to pop by and say hello!
Throughout 2014, regular ‘gardenening’ afternoons will be held on the first Sunday of every month to coincide with the West Norwood Feast, between 1pm-4pm. On Sunday 6th April a team of Edible Bus Stop organisers will be outside Beamish & McGlue on the corner of Lancaster Ave and Norwood Rd to show the plans, answer any questions and gather emails of those who like to be kept in touch and get involved.
We will be looking for volunteers to help plant the garden at the end of May and hope to have a Grand Opening in early June. We’ll keep you posted! (We throw very nice street parties!)
In other exciting news, we – in collaboration with Carl Turner Architects, have been shortlist to the final two bids for the Meanwhile site on Popes Road SW9! (Formally the ice rink). Our bid is called grow:brixton.
If you’d like to see our proposal for the site, please contact us and we’ll send a copy over.
You can follow us on twitter: @GrowBrixton
(You tweet your support for our bid to @futurebrixton #meanwhilebrixton and copy us in)
Hope to see you on Sunday!
Attached is a document outlining the vision for the garden.
Here is an animation of our wish to create an edible bus route, starting with the 322 (Clapham Common to Crystal Palace)
Creators of London’s 1st POCKET PARK – Mayor of London 2013
“Roll out the Barrows
” – South Bank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood 2013
OBSERVER ETHICAL AWARDS 2012 SHORT LIST
Gold Medalists – National Gardening Show 2012
Award of Merit – The Telegraph ‘Gardening Against the Odds’ 2012
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