Sustainable Merton have been working alongside residents since March 2013 to establish an organic community vegetable garden within the new (social) housing development on behalf of Viridian Housing who have funded the project.
The plot consists of 3 walled allotments and approximately 26 planting beds – 20 of which have been planted. Harvested fruits and vegetables (including potatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, beetroot and many more!) are distributed amongst session attendees, passing residents and local elderly residents. Viridian Housing organised suitable topsoil, an onsite shed, composters and rain water butts and Sustainable Merton have supplied seeds and gardening equipment, as well as education, advice and support.
Twice-weekly supervised family gardening sessions are held during the growing season (Thursdays: 6 – 7pm and Saturdays: 10am – 12pm), with only the Saturday morning session taking place during the shorter winter days.
Residents of all ages and encouraged to participate in small tasks, such as sowing, watering and harvesting, which will introduce them to gardening and promote community food growing.
The project aims to involve the wider neighbouring community and those of all abilities so, if you’d like to find out more, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.