A New Community Garden for West Dulwich

A group of local residents will transform a neglected strip of land into a beautiful garden for the whole community to enjoy!

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 12.42.34The strip of land, located on the corner of Tritton Road is currently an unused local eyesore and attracts lots of litter & dog poop. Regulars who pass the strip of land every day are residents and local school children from Elm Wood Primary School. The pupils of the school know the land as a place that collects beer bottles and other rubbish.

Local residents decided to turn things around, with support from a Lambeth Council programme aiming to increase community spirit around the borough. The residents then went on to win a Mayor of London Capital Clean Up grant to help fund their idea of transforming the space into a garden. The last few months involved perfecting a garden design with inputs from the community and gathering the support of many local businesses who are contributing everything from design expertise to trees, seeds, planters and even locally-made beer to quench the thirst of busy gardeners on the planting weekends!

The design encourages use by all; colourful plants & fruit trees will attract birds & bees, local residents will be able to enjoy a momentary escape from city life to relax & enjoy nature, children will have a place to play & learn safely, and locals will all be able to come together as a real community to tend the garden, hold small events & even enjoy produce fresh from the ground!

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There are many flats in the area which have no gardens or outside access, local schools have limited green spaces, and like many suburban areas, neighbours often don’t know each other. So turning this neglected space into a beautiful community garden will be transformational for the area.

There will be planting weekends taking place in September which are set to be fun for all the family, including face-painting and games for children, as well as plenty of gardening for green-fingered enthusiasts.

Planting weekends will be 10, 11, 17 and 18 September.


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Shapa Begum

About Shapa Begum

Hi, I’m Shapa Begum, Blog Editor. Born and raised in East Dulwich, I love what I do here at Dulwich OnView, I’m absolutely passionate about south London and reaching out to local communities – you can read about my favourite Dulwich spots on Time Out London and Completely London blog. My role goes beyond editing, I write, review, participate in conferences/events, attend local happenings and oversee the marketing. There’s no rest for the wicked! When not working, I love to read, write, visit museums and spend time with my loved ones.
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