Help Our Garden Stay Beautiful This Summer!
The Robin Hood Community Garden is a wonderful community run garden in Hackney, East London. Local residents convinced the council in 2010 to develop an overgrown, neglected space by the River Lea into a community garden. We worked hard to clear the space and make it into a welcoming open space that provides the local community with a resource offering opportunities for exercise, learning, recreation, relaxation and reflection.
We have planted a fruit orchard, erected communal vegetable beds, created seating areas, built a clay oven and a glorious willow dome.
We have run numerous community events: flea markets, herb walks, The Big Dig, communal cooking events, building a clay oven with Cob in the Community, regular Summer and Easter playschemes with Universal Board Games and the Hackney Playbus, and Hackney Woodcraft Folk events.
The garden also offers a green haven to residents on local housing estates with no access to their own outdoor space, we have given gardening sessions to the long term unemployed, young people who have been excluded from school, people recovering from addictions, and given neighbours a chance to meet each other and knit the community together.
We've worked hard to get community grants to fund all of this but unfortunately we didn't get the last one we applied for so we're asking for people to help pay for some community gardening sessions up to autumn when we can then apply for the next grant. Regular gardening makes an enormous difference to the upkeep and function of the garden (it grows so fast!) and to the community.
Cartoon: Josie Long in The Guardian Magazine