Our food growing project is coming on in leaps and bounds, and following our Seedy Saturday a couple of weeks ago where we brought together local growers, swapped seeds and shared advice, we have spent the last week building raised beds.
First up was our public food growing project at Highgate Newtown Community Centre where we had a fantastic Sunday afternoon building raised beds out of some salvaged floorboards from recently refurbuished flats on Holly Lodge estate. Then on Thursday we assembled some more raised beds (this time bought with our Capital Growth grant) with some of the residents of Brookfield estate.
Now all we need is some compost and we’ll be ready to get planting. Luckily enough, compost is coming – 5 tons of it!! North London Waste Authority have agreed to give us a huge quantity municipal compost which will be delivered next Saturday 14th, to the Wilmot Dixon building site (on the corner of Chester Road and Raydon Street). We’ll have all day to move it to our growing projects at HNCC and Brookfield estate, and we’re also giving some to the Waterlow Park Kitchen Garden, Brookfield School and Acland Burgley.
But we really need lots of help – and a small flotilla of wheelbarrows, lots of shovels, a few bike trailers and a couple of cars. So please do come along and give a hand, and even if you don’t feel able to lift or shovel, we’d still love some moral support (and tea!) All helpers can take away some compost for your garden or balcony. Bring your own bag, or we’ll have some available for a small donation. We’ll be there from 9am-5pm.