We’re committed to helping residents make our area greener and support the brilliant work by community groups and TRAs in bringing people together through community gardens. With the hard work carried out in creating and maintaining them they easily qualify as a “green gym” – with people getting the benefits of a bit of a work out whilst digging and planting. Community gardens area also good for the environment and often can transform unused land.
For example, the Tulse Hill Estate Poly Tunnel was developed by a local resident, Vinnie, who grew up on the estate and has worked at Kew Gardens whilst also being a trustee at the Brockwell Park community greenhouses. The Poly Tunnel has brought residents of all ages together as the shared the labour and the produce grown there. Elsewhere, on the St Matthew’s Estate, a small group of residents wanted to put in a communal plot for the community to look after whilst growing vegetables and the St Matthews Community Gardens was born. There are community gardening projects spread across the Ward – including the Arlingford and Brailsford Community Garden, the Children’s Garden at Tulse Hill House on the Tulse Hill Estate and the Pencil Park and playground at the Brixton Hill end of Endymion Road.
Other schemes are beginning to get off the ground – like the St Martin’s Estate TRA project to improve the area between Roupell Road and the South Circular (temporarily delayed due to coronavirus). Whilst bigger Council sponsored schemes – like the creation of a Rush Common “woodland walk”(which will remove some tarmac/cluttered street furniture) are renewing existing green spaces in the area. We want to encourage as many people to get involved in growing projects and community gardening as possible. So if you want to set up your own project or want help with one you’re already running let us know and we can see what we can do to help.