Edible Avenue SW8 is a community gardening group of local residents and volunteers of all ages and abilities. They get together to help green up balconies, gardens and community spaces across Patmore, Savona and Carey Gardens Estates.
We have been working closely with Edible Avenue since 2017, when we began to manage their Friday morning volunteering sessions across the three estates. Every Friday we meet between 10am-12noon to garden in the public realm or in private gardens, supporting residents who cannot look after their own gardens. We meet at the Rose Centre on Ascalon Street – you can just turn up on the day if you’d like to get involved!
Sine the regular Friday volunteering sessions began, lots of new fruit trees have been added to public space on the estates, and fruiting shrubs have been donated to residents for their own gardens. We’ve spruced up and nurtured the planting originally added to Thessaly Road by the Edible Bus Stop team, and we’ve started a big project to fill all of the stone planters on balconies across Patmore Estate with herbs for residents to use at home.
We’ve also partnered with Edible Avenue on three of our big gardening installation projects – Sundial Gardens, which was part of Chelsea Fringe in 2018, Happy Streets Tea Trail, part of the Nine Elms Happy Streets Festival in 2019, and Patmore Forest Garden, which we have been developing on the Patmore Estate in 2020.
Check out this short video, created by Chocolate Films, about Edible Avenue SW8 and the work they do in Nine Elms and visit the Edible Avenue SW8 website to learn more about what they do and the other projects they organise in the area!