In her first guest post for Brixton Blog, Rahima Fitzwilliam-Hall from Brixton Market Traders’ Federation introduces Blog readers to an innovative gardening project in the heart of town.
Summer is hanging on this year, and Brixton Station Road Market is growing – literally. We have new trees and our first planter boxes on site!
Jason, from Lambeth Council’s Freshview project, transformed reclaimed scaffolding boards into planter boxes and our friends at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses grew plants especially for us. They also helped run a planting session at our Childrens Market, leaving behind a burst of greenery to be envied.
Tomatoes, fennel and beans are bedded in with fiery nasturtiums, pansies and, my favourite, borage. Borage has dusty green stems and little blue flowers that taste of cucumbers! Since we’re starting to grow as a food market it’s great having edible plants and flowers around. We can just imagine traders being inspired by the flavours and cafe’s picking the flowers for their vase.
Afras, a local DIY shop owner is kindly looking after the plants with help from other shopkeepers and traders. But we could always do with a hand – If you’re passing through feel free to give the plants a little water and care.
To top it all off, there are plans to install a rainwater collection system, meaning we’ll get to store rainwater for watering the plants and do our bit to ease the strain on London’s drains. Big thanks to Brixton BID for making this possible.
The bigger picture here is to make Brixton Station Road a popular place for everyone – so the street markets continues to be used and loved in Brixton. Not to mention the benefit to the environment and urban bees, perhaps we’ll get our own hive next!
Come along to Brixton Station Road from 4pm tomorrow (September 3) to help us plant more boxes. Everyone welcome.