At 8am this morning a huge truck from North London Waste Authority delivered 5 tons of free, steaming and very fragrant municipal compost to the Wilmost Dixon building site in Chester Road. They had very generously allowed the delivery on the condition we move it by lunchtime (so that Jason, the site manager, could get to his rugby game in the afternoon!)
We thought we’d never manage it but miraculously, in just one morning, our community moved the entire 5 tons of compost to our new food growing spaces at Highgate Newtown Community Centre and on Brookfield estate; delivered 18 bags down the hill to Acland Burghley school who we’re going to help grow vegetables to green their roofs; taken some up the hill to Holly Lodge estate edible gardening project and to the Waterlow Park kitchen garden; and shifted the rest to Lissenden Gardens balcony growers, a garden on Whittington estate and the Secret Garden behind Chester Road.
More than 30 people showed up to lend a hand with shovels and wheelbarrows. It was a very inspiring morning and really shows what we can achieve when we work together as a community. A huge thank you to everyone who helped, to the Green Party for supplying us with much needed cups of tea and biscuits, and to our kind hosts at the Wilmot Dixon building site.
See the photos on our Facebook page (you don’t need to be a member to view them)
We’ll be gardening together every Sunday afternoon from 2pm-5pm at Highgate Newtown Community Centre, so please pop down, learn to grow food with us or just socialise, meet some neighbours and enjoy the garden.