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FireFire North LondonPosts: 16,510
This is a new thread for community projects such as neighbourhood growing groups, street tree bed planting and 'guerilla gardening'.

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Through the covid lockdown period (since March 2020) we have started a mutual aid group that runs a community gardening club. Based in North London, we support neighbours over four residential streets. Most people in the group are new to growing. We have been giving out veg and flower seed, exchanging cuttings, bulk buying together, helping each other in our gardens, supporting our local GCs. We have also started a little community flower bed where a street tree has been removed and not replaced. Most of our gardens are of small, Edwardian terrace houses and flats, a full mix of social housing, rentals and private owned. Some residents have no gardens and are growing in window boxes, hanging baskets or in their kitchen. We support growing as inclusively as possible, free or cheap, to all levels of experience.

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Below are montages of our group harvests in the past few months. Tomatoes have been the big smash of the year. Many of the growers (nearly all first timers) grew Gardeners' Delight cherry toms and had good success.



  • LG_LG_ SE LondonPosts: 3,946
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • bullfinchbullfinch SurreyPosts: 555
    What a wonderful project, and fantastic harvest!
  • JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 863
    Cool, I would love to try here but there are so many rules and regulations I would most certainly be breaking something!
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 16,510
    Cool, I would love to try here but there are so many rules and regulations I would most certainly be breaking something!

    That's a shame. Many UK councils and very supporting of guerilla gardening and community planting. Maybe have a hunt around on the internet and see what Paris has going on - you might be surprised. 
  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 987
    Hello @Fire,

    It looks fab. Amazing growth in such a short space of time.
    Some lovely bee plants there   tu  

    Bee x

    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 16,510
    Thanks. The purple tansy was a bit of a shock as it's about twice the size as in my garden. But this plot has more sun and a whole street looking after it so it's very happy. It will be interesting when that flowers and dies back to see what will come up after it. I'm hoping it won't look too desolate over winter.
  • ManderMander GatesheadPosts: 334
    This is such a nice idea. There is an ugly plot of waste ground next to a electrical substation in my neighbourhood that I have always wanted to plant up but I suspect the people who live next door to it wouldn't approve. It's always full of weeds and trash but I would love to put in some nicer plants. 
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 16,510
    @Mander - go for it!
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,901
    It looks pretty but maybe I've got the wrong idea,   How would people be able to walk along the pathway, I can imagine a mother with pram and a couple of toddlers holding on, having to walk in the road, or is it wider than it looks? 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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