St Rule St Corner Bed
Project Category: Informal community group
An urban corner has been transformed from waste land into a flower garden. The corner of Wandsworth Road and St Rule St near Clapham Old Town had been a rubbish dump in front of an advertizing hoarding. Some parents from nearby Heathbrook Primary School cleared the area of rubbish, removed, bricks and planted flowers. Very little survived. The owners of the land JDDecaux were asked to contribute money towards soil and clearing. On refusing and after cutting down the plants they offered to grant a license to garden. This involved paying an annual sum to JCDecaux. Eventually a peppercorn rent was agreed. Lambeth Council donated soil and labour as part of the Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme. The River of Flowers advised on planting. The garden now has a structure; 7 hummocks of lavender and pollinator-attracting plants surrounded by wildflowers and other plants donated by the community. More low level plants and lavender are needed. JCDecaux operatives no longer walk on the garden and have carried out repairs to the wall. With bees in mind the garden links nearby Eden Garden at St Pauls with Heathbrook Park.