Callonfield War Memorial Project

Project Category: Co-OperativeProject Tags: Children & young people, Gardening & Food Growing and Heritage & Built Environment

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  • Our Story

    Seventy years after rockets shot to the ground tearing buildings down around the borough, a group of residents have restored a forgotten memorial in honour of those who lost their lives.

    In December 1944 an attack from the air destroyed six buildings in the Callonfield Estate, Walthamstow.

    Many were injured in the attack and some were killed, although the exact numbers are not known.

    A memorial to the former residents was erected decades ago, but became hidden in tangled undergrowth in an area of disused land near Blackhorse Road. The site had also become a haunt for littering and trespassers, so Circle Housing, which manages the land, decided it should be restored.

    Green fingered residents and volunteers from community food growers, Organiclea, have worked on the plot over the last two-and-half months to transform it into a community garden, which includes plants and flowers that were grown in the wartime era.

    Volunteers have attended weekly workshops to hone their gardening skills and are working towards a formal qualification in horticulture.

    Project Outcomes:

    • The project delivered 4 planning and raised bed building sessions 
    • 13 weekly gardening sessions.
    • The project engaged with 16 residents (12 children in total) 11 children attained AQA accreditation in “An Introduction to Horticulture”
    • Residents restored the front of the 3 entrances with ornamental flowers and have built 3 raised beds on the green to grow a range of food/fruit produce.
    • Residents have continued to maintain the entrances and beds.
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  • Owner verified listing

    89 Blackhorse Road