Community Garden – Agnes Riley Gardens
Project Category: Social Enterprise
The community garden situated, in Claphams Agnes Riley Gardens, was created in collaboration with Lambeth Parks in 2005, but had fallen into a state of disrepair, and was fast becoming a wilderness. In response to comments from local people, Clapham Park West Residents Association undertook a project to renovate the garden. Between May and June 2008, the community garden was completely cleared the garden of weeds and rubble; manure and compost was added, and planted a wide range of vegetables and flowers. The community garden now contains a viable vegetable plot, mini-orchard, wildflower patch, and apiary.Currently, local residents aged from 6 to 70 plus, are directly involved in planting and maintaining the community garden. In an area of high density housing, the community garden provides valuable green space, and offers considerable educational benefit for local young people. The project provided a reason for local people, who would otherwise not associate with each other, to come together for a common purpose/aim.While some people took responsibility for managing a small part of the community garden, others have enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of the open space; commented on our gardening efforts, and explored the garden as a habitat for wildlife.Although still newly renovated, local people have produced significant amounts of vegetables for the table that we can now consider processing the food into products for sale on the open market.As a viable ecosystem, we have encouraged and nurtured insects for pollination, and a family of robins helps clear up the excess on freshly turned over ground. It is hoped that more birds and animals will take up residence as the garden establishes itself.Most local people have work and family commitments which made it very difficult to meet at a set time each week. Therefore, we acknowledge that people have busy lives, and higher priorities and offered people the opportunity of coming and volunteering as and when they had time to so do. This seemed to work best. Some came once a week others seemed to have taken up residence in the community garden.We now host an annual ‘Spring Picnic’, and ‘Autumn Soup Day’.
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Agnes Riley Gardens, Clapham Park, London Borough of Lambeth, England