Something green and wonderful is happening in Streatham Common. You can be part of it…
Streatham Common Community Garden, run by a group of local volunteers, is situated in a historic walled garden site next to the Rookery. It’s thought the site has been used for gardening for more than 200 years, but had been unused for several years and had fallen into a state of disrepair. The project was given the go-ahead by Lambeth Council, which owns the site, in 2011, and since then hundreds of local people have signed up to get involved, helping clear and transform the site, growing a wide range of fruit and veg, and attending workshops and talks on gardening and sustainable living.
We're open for community gardening every Sunday 12-4pm (11am-3pm from November-February) - so do join us. There's always a range of jobs to suit all - from digging to seed-sowing to making tea. Find us through the door in the wall at the bottom of the Rookery public garden (at the end of Streatham Common South). We have tools and gloves, but if you can bring your own (especially gloves), please do. Wear sturdy footwear and clothes suitable for gardening and weather-appropriate. Kids are welcome, as long as they're closely supervised. Please sign in on arrival. All abilities welcome!
Register your interest by clicking 'Join Group' on the right. You'll get email updates to tell you what's happening and how you can get involved. This could be volunteering to help us clear the site and plant and harvest crops, coming along to community meetings about the project, representing the group at local events, or benefiting from training and education projects. We're also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Streatham-Common-Community-Garden/210550715661020
We are very excited to be offering learner plots for the first time this year. The learner plots have been devised as a way to give beginner gardeners the opportunity to manage their own plot of land whilst also contributing to the life of the garden as a whole.
We have allocated five plots, each measuring approximately 6m2, for use by the trainees. They are situated in a sheltered, sunny position within the community garden.
We are looking for trainees who are interested in planning and managing each space throughout the 2014 growing season. Each trainee will have the opportunity to design their bed according to their own interests.
The learner plots will be available to individuals, or community groups (such as church groups or youth clubs) and schools who are interested in managing one of the learner plots as a group. In return for the use of the space, we will ask you to attend a training day in March, and to engage with the life of the community garden, including attending open days and helping with the watering rota.
For more details, please download the guidelines from the Files page, speak to any of the session leaders at the garden, or email Charlotte at email@example.com