This week we met up with Lyn, a lovely lady we had talked to at the WEN Tower Hamlets Food Growing network. She showed us two spaces she thought needed some help, a concrete area on Lark Row with some raised beds that had been littered on and left a bit unloved over the winter, and a pathside nettle-covered space just off Russia Lane. After some talking about what would be best, Lyn and our team began to clear the Lark Row garden of any rubbish (cans, glass, etc) and turn over the soil for a new year of growing.
LARK ROW BEFORE
For Russia Lane, we thought it best if we just cleared the nettles and any litter, after which we turned over the soil in one part of the plot and covered the rest in cardboard for some good mulching to prepare it and break down the soil.
RUSSIA LANE BEFORE
RUSSIA LANE AFTER:
And we got a load of wonderful nettles to make into fertiliser to feed the young plants sitting on the Greengo base windowsills.
We really enjoyed helping with these spaces and will be returning to both these gardens next week to check up on them and give them some tending to.
RUSSIA LANE FINISHED
This is back at russia lane, (a derelict space by a school we helped to transform, see above)
Once all the weeds, nettles and rubbish was cleared, we worked with contractors from tower hamlets council to level off the space and lay it with afew tons of gravel. This is what it looks like now.
BRICK LANE DISUSED SPACE
This is an abandoned space on brick lane that has been disused for many years now and is set to be a community garden this year. Organisd by Jay and James from OneLove GetReal, Afew of the GreenGo volunteers and many other volunteers from the community, cleared up the space of all the rubbish, to prepare for the raised beds going in.
This was just the beginning of what is going to be a fantastic project and a beautiful garden. Which we will be getting more involved with as the year goes on. we have even been germinating seeds, so there is plants ready to go in the beds as soon as they are built.
A lovely community garden in tower hamlets that just needed a bit of help. The GreenGo team helped weed, fix some raised beds, trimmed the grass, helped re-gravel certain areas and even dug out a pond for frogs.