- To build an outdoor kitchen space for covid-safe cooking workshops
- To rent a stretch tent to provide additional cover for the cold and wet winter months
- To build a second polytunnel to provide horticulture training and a plant nursery for the local community
Global Generation is an educational charity that works with children and young people, families, businesses and residents within Camden, Islington and Southwark. We create moveable urban food ‘gardens of a thousand hands’ - built for and by the local community - to connect people of all ages to the natural world and each other. The Covid-19 emergency has highlighted just how vital safe outdoor spaces like ours are to local people.
The Story Garden has been our home base in King’s Cross since the summer of 2019. It is our ‘green oasis’ behind the British Library in the heart of the Somers Town community.
Photo credit: Sam Bush
Why is this project important?
At the beginning of the C-19 emergency, we had to close our gates and find a new way to still help our local community in spite of this lockdown. Despite these challenging times, we were able to: increase our food growing capacity to support the local food bank; move many of our sessions online and run workshops for small groups in the garden. Now that the weather is getting colder, it is as important as ever to provide opportunities for nature connection when it is safe to do so again, but we need more safe, dry and accessible spaces in order to do that.
Which is where you come in!
What will the money be used for?
With your help we are hoping to rebuild our beloved pizza oven and an outdoor kitchen area. This will mean that our talented community chef, Giorgia, will be able to hold cookery workshops with her supported learning students, young people and families in this new outdoor space, whilst doing so at a safe distance outside.
It would also allow us to be able to rent a stretch tent over the winter period, providing an additional covered space for protection from the rain and the cold weather for small groups.
Finally, we are looking to purchase a second polytunnel which will be used in two ways: as a training platform for local people to be able to gain horticulture skills and qualifications, helping them into further training and employment in these particular challenging times; and as a community plant nursery, to provide plants and seedlings to the local community for their growing beds in the garden or for their own growing spaces at home.
So a massive thank you to all of you for past, present and future support. We really do mean it when we say our gardens are built by a thousand hands - we couldn't do it without you!
The Global Generation Team