Meanwhile Gardens Silvertown. A delightful experience.
Just five minutes walk in an easterly direction away from Canning Town Tube, opposite Hallsville Road, there is a gap in the hoardings along Silvertown Way, this is the entrance to Meanwhile Garden, Silvertown. In an old derelict plot of land between the road and railway, a charity Core Landscapes are fashioning a green oasis for the residents of Canning Town.
One of the project’s leaders, Nemone Mercer (pictured below with Newham Volunteer, Oliver) explains:
“We are building a garden here that is open to everyone, it does not matter who you are, or your personal circumstances, everyone is welcome. Visit the garden if you are retired, need somewhere to take the children, make friends, volunteer or require training. It is a ‘meanwhile’ garden because eventually it will be developed, for now, we can offer a lovely place to be and experience”.
For Nemone, the Horticultural Manager, the project is a challenge. “As an old industrial site the ground is nearly all rubble, so everything is grown above it in pots and raised beds (picture below). This makes it a city garden and the plants growing here are tough and urban, suitable for the balconies of London flats and even contaminated land”.
Establishing the garden was hard work and Nemone is especially grateful to her corporate sponsors who have given money and more importantly sent teams of volunteers to help establish the garden. In the picture below, a team from More Th>n Insurance (Royal Sun Alliance) put in a hard days work with local resident Lee Bernstead to get everything ready for a grand opening on 14th June.
At the Silvertown garden, Corelandscapes offer training in horticuture, garden construction and landscaping. They have built a large polytunnel and when it is established they will sell plants at a very reasonable price. Already, local children have visited the tunnel and are growing plants for the Newham show, organised by the Mayor.
Saturday 14th June is a big day Nemone and all the volunteers at the garden. Lyn Brown, the local MP will cut a ribbon and officially them. From 10am to 5pm there will be cakes, tea and soft drinks, garden tours, bargain plant hunting and trips around a nature trail.
For more information call Nemone Mercer 07985663364: firstname.lastname@example.org: www.core-landscapes.co.uk