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
On Sunday 20 October, Streatham Common Community Garden launched its membership scheme at a special event held at the garden. Now it's your turn to join!
Our membership scheme is a way to get more people involved in the garden and to increase the level of involvement of existing friends. We think it’s essential that all of our members have a say in the future of the garden. We will provide regular opportunities for you to share your ideas through monthly gardening meetings and an annual AGM.
Our membership scheme is also a way to create a network of local people who are interested in sustainability and who are committed to improving biodiversity and growing organic food. We will provide opportunities for you to meet other members through volunteer sessions and members-only events.
Your membership fee will contribute to the running costs of the garden such as gardening equipment, refreshments for volunteers and publicity. Free membership will be awarded to anyone who volunteers at the garden on a regular basis (ie. at least once per month or 10 times per year). Regular volunteers should fill in the membership form to apply.
All members will receive a joining pack including a membership card, a Garden Organic poster, a pack of seeds harvested from the garden and a copy of the Members Newsletter.