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Gardening & First BBQ of 2013

May 9, 2013

Spring finally arrived so come on down this Sunday 12th May we’ll be gardening from 11.30 and lighting the barbecue at 12.30, as usual we’ll segregate vegetarian and non-vegetarian sides of the barbecue.

Big Jubilee Lunch – Sunday 3rd June 2012

May 29, 2012

Join in the Big Jubilee Lunch in the community gardens between Ainsley Street and Corfield Street.

There will be a BBQ so why not bring a picnic and some food to share.


Community Garden Meeting Sunday 11th March 11.00 – 12.00

March 7, 2012

Snow drops, crocus, tulips and daffodils have already shown their cheery blooms and the majority are yet to come! The spring flowers this year are really going to be the best ever in the community garden.

We would like to celebrate this with a coffee and a chance to catch up this Sunday. Do come along – bring a cake or biscuits to share if you can.

We will also have some planting to do: Julian has been given two buckets of Crocosmos and Elizabeth has variegated (striped leaves) iris and euphorbia plants, both happy in shade and need little attention.

We will be able to harvest some Cavalo nero ( Italian cabbage) plant out some new vegetables and feed the herb beds. We have also been donated 20 packets of seeds from the Garden Shop – some need home growers to start the seedlings off before planting out.

This will also be a chance to plan activities for this year and look at funding opportunities.

Hope to see you.

PS if there is heavy rain on Sunday we will postpone the meeting – but fingers crossed!

Big Bulb Plant 2011 Sunday 2nd 11.00 Tuesday 4th 18.30

September 30, 2011

Last year we planted 100’s of bulbs and were rewarded with a great spring flowering. This year we want to make the spring garden spectacular!

Join us at this year’s big bulb plant.
Bring bulbs – Colombia Road Sunday Market is a good place to buy them- Daffodils and Crocus are amongst the spring show stoppers.

Look forward to seeing you there

17 reasons for using plastic lumber when making a raised bed

September 14, 2011

Earlier this year we managed to get funding to build two raised herb beds. After some pretty extensive research we decided to go with recycled plastic lumber.

What is Recycled Plastic Lumber?

It’s just like timber but it’s made from 100% recycled post-industrial plastic, diverted from landfill. Because it’s plastic based, it’s rot proof, impact resistant, and algae and moss resistant. Plus, graffiti can simply be wiped clean as the profiles have a skin that paint cannot penetrate.

We bought our plastic lumber from the lovely folk at Kedel. They scrutinised our plans and offered all sorts of useful assistance. We’d definitely recommend them – contact details can be found at the end of this post.

We were really impressed with this tough, durable, maintenance free alternative to timber. Aside from being environmentally friendly it also has a life span many times that of wood without the need for treatment.

What are the benefits?

  • Reduction of energy consumption by 66%
  • Production of only a third of the sulphur dioxide
  • Production of only half of the nitrous oxide
  • Reduction of water usage by nearly 90%
  • Reduction of carbon dioxide generation by two-and-a-half times
  • 1.8 tonnes of oil are saved for every tonne of recycled polythene produced
  • Lasts 5 times longer than timber
  • Vandal Resistant
  • Crack, chip and splinter proof
  • Less Flammable than timber
  • Insect and animal resistant
  • Labour saving – minimal maintenance
  • UV resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Can be worked like timber
  • Holds screws and fittings well
  • Reduced Whole Life Costs

Oh, and it looks cool too. It’s like this sleek space-aged wonder material.

Any other advice?

We don’t have on site water so we rely on either rain or water carried from other residential flats (not ideal).

When we built the beds we put a membrane over the soil. This was intended to let water into the bed but prevent it from drying out. It works really well! As you’ll see in the picture above, you just need to cut a whole in the membrane for your plants and you’re good to go.

Where can I buy plastic lumber?

We ordered ours from the lovely folk at Kedel. They helped us tweak the design for our raised bed too so that it was structurally sound and were able to provide all sorts of other useful advice. I would definitely recommend them to other groups. To contact them call 01282 861 325 or email

Boris Bikes to Expand into Bethnal Green

July 31, 2011

The London Assembly has released a map showing the expansion plans for the London Cycle Hire Scheme. A segment of the map is reproduced below of the Wilmot Street area. It looks like a docking station is planned at the end of Finnis Street – which should be good news for residents.

via London Evening Standard

Can do Community Grant

July 29, 2011

Well done to Jonny for coordinating a successful bid for a £500 food growing grant from the Can do Community. We have decided to construct one more herb and vegetable bed where the flower mound is. Look out for further updates but keep your diary clear for the build and BBQ day – Sunday 18th September