North London Eco-estates - Urban Food Growing
Residents in Islington, north London have been working with Groundwork’s community gardener to build raised planting beds in six estates accross the borough. Residents are learning how to grow their own fruit and veg and about the how urban gardening can help cities mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, such as urban drainage and reducing food miles.
Residents at Isledon Village have transformed an overgrown space, which used to be blighted by anti social behaviour into a thriving community garden, which is already much loved by residents of all ages.
Holly Park residents successfully transformed an under-utilised green space
on the estate into a hub of community activity. They've installed 17 raised planting beds and 15 families are members of the gardening club. Food growing has struck a real chord with residents and the gardening group are now a registered small charity in their own right. The eco-estates programme is being supported by Homes For Islington (the social landlord) and Islington Council's Edible Islington Programme. Download the Edible Islington Report,
an evaluation of the borough-wide food growing initiative.