You will find our community garden on Russia Lane in Bethnal Green. We’ve transformed what was just a patch of grass into a beautiful garden.
We have a very mixed group of members reflecting the rich diversity of the area and we’re super proud of how the garden brings together people from different countries and backgrounds.
The local old people’s day centre has its own bed as does the local primary school. Some of the kids won’t have ever visited the countryside and our garden will be as close as they’ve been to nature in action!
There are raised beds for the members to grow their own veg, fruit and flowers, and there are shared beds full of herbs and strawberries.
We have a rich bio-diversity policy and there’s a pond with frogs, toads, newts and fish. In one corner there’s a wildflower meadow but the whole space is beautifully landscaped, with a wide variety of plants and flowers all helping to attract birds, bees, bats, butterflies and creepy crawlies.
We grow a lot of fruit and have a well-established orchard in another corner of the garden.
There’s a big patch of grass in the middle and we usually manage a couple of community events here every year.