Over the last few months something strange has been happening in Camberwell, and I’m not talking about bingo halls. You may never have heard of it, but there is a rather lovely council estate tucked away behind Camberwell Church Street. The neighbours are generally friendly and the houses are pretty well built, if a little warm, owing to the council’s insistence that 90°C. is a perfectly normal temperature for hot water.
Then again I would say that, I live there.
However, about a year ago we were given £25,000 from Southwark Council’s “Cleaner, Greener, Safer” fund to develop a community garden on some wasteland on the estate. After a lot of talking and discussion with residents we asked Walworth Garden Farm to put our plans into fruition.
The plan is for the garden to be a respite from our busy lives and to be able to grow fruit and veg for those on the estate. The raised beds are in, the path has been relaid. There is a new water supply, new entrance and there will even be a gazebo!
So where do you come in? Well we want others to enjoy it too. The feeling is that we were given much more money than we asked for and expected so the community should have a chance to enjoy the benefits. It is also a much bigger garden than the volunteers on the estate can manage alone.
We are having two planting and digging days. These will be to fill in the raised beds with compost and topsoil and to plant all the flowers, shrubs and so on that will make up the bulk of the garden.
We will provide tea, cakes and gloves.
There are two days:
Thursday 25th March 2pm-6pm.
Saturday 27th March 10am ‑4pm.
Please come along. Children are more than welcome and we will even have some kid sized gardening tools.
And if that isn’t enough for you there is also the We Love Camberwell campaign. This is an opportunity to get to do something that will benefit locally.
There are many ways you can help out, from becoming a Magistrate to volunteering with young people.
See this website for more information: http://www.volunteercentres.org.uk/welovecamberwell.htm
The People’s Republic of Southwark will be at some of the events. I am pretty sure Lili mentioned it somewhere on this blog.
And now back to the bingo…