We worked on D’Eynsford Estate from 2017 to 2019, where we instigated a number of projects to improve outdoor spaces across the estate, as well as opening the ‘Secret Garden’ – the estate’s community garden – to residents once a week, where we also hosted an after-school Nature Club for children.
The Secret Garden is tucked away behind one block of homes, and contains three areas, a woodland garden, a vegetable garden, and a central space with lots of flowers and table space where we can host gardening and craft activities.
Each week, we opened the garden in the afternoon for residents to come and help maintain the garden, grow their own food, and learn gardening techniques. After that, Nature Club welcomed children with their parents after school to get stuck in to gardening activities. We also carried out some upgrade works to the garden, adding a new play space, where we built a walking frame and an obligatory rope swing, and we also sourced funding to improve the planting in the central area.
Across the winder estate, we have also worked with residents to create pocket growing spaces. We secured funding from the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund to plant a community orchard across two sites on the estate – you can read more about that project here.
In 2019 we also secured funding from the National Lotter Awards for All scheme to create new planting schemes on areas on the estate that were looking tired and unloved. These works have made a huge improvement to those spaces, and residents joined us across a number of planting workshops to get all of the new shrubs and flowering perennials into the ground.
Another project instigated by the estate management and funded by Southwark Council’s Cleaner Greener Safer scheme saw us build six raised planters that were located in positions chosen to mitigate against problems with ASB such as illegal parking and fly-tipping. Again we held a big weekend planting party for residents to join us in planting up all of the raised planters.