Clapton Park Community Gardening (Green Fingers)
Project Category: Informal community group
We are an informal network / collection of people who live across 3 estates in Lower Clapton, Hackney. The 3 estates are: Clapton Park, Mill Fields and Nye Bevan.
We have a community website, which is just starting up and a facebook page: Clapton Park Green Fingers.
There are 45 growing plots for residents on the 3 estates (as we are at TMO run estate we are able to have our own waiting list which is much shorter than the norm), public herb beds, orchards. A couple of picnic areas. The balcony in the local Anglican church is used as a cold frame fro bringing up seedlings. Over the Winter we planted 50 new trees.
We gather in differing numbers for chat, design and build of projects – which are always started in response to ideas shared by residents who live near a space.
For instance mums who use a local park expressed a desire for somewhere nice to sit when they chat and the sun is out. And so we raised funds and a pergola has been built. And we are about to begin work on the raised beds for the local After School Club.
Working together with the Grass Roof Company who are contracted by Clapton Park Tenants Management Organisation to look after green spaces on the estates.
Local residents often help to look out for or take the lead on the herb beds and fruit areas nearest their homes.
We have a monthly community meal for which everyone is encouraged to bring something to share towards ingredients. Wherever possible using things that have been grown on the 3 estates.
For 3 years now we have put on Clapton Park Green Day. On which we welcome people from other areas, estates, groups and in fact anyone who wants to visit to come on a guided tour with us around the area we live in. We join in the Chelsea Fringe for this.
Gradually we are growing with composting and also using water from roofs where we can. Most recently attaching a 1000 litre tank to a community hall.
The estate is quite well known for the number of wild flowers that come up along our railings each year.
We often welcome groups from other estates, housing associations, gardening groups and the like, to have a look around and love to share the area with whoever may like to come visit, so if your in the area do come by , your very welcome 🙂