Pride of Brixton’s secret gardeners

Written by on December 11, 2015 in Brixton People, Brixton Stories, Community, Food, Health, News - 1 Comment
Sylvia Tejan-Cole of the Cloisters sheltered housing scheme off Brixton Road

Sylvia Tejan-Cole of the Cloisters sheltered housing scheme off Brixton Road

Susan Sheehan of Incredible Edible discovered food growing in the heart of the city

Incredible Edible Lambeth (IEL) was privileged to be involved in recognising some of Lambeth’s best community gardens in this year’s Community Pride awards.

Many of the projects are in central Brixton – notably the Cloisters sheltered housing scheme, just off Brixton Road; Edmundsbury Court on Ferndale Road; Arlington Lodge Estate right at the start of Brixton Hill; and Solon New Road Estate a little bit further up.

Lucy Williams, chair of the Myatt’s Fields Tenants and Residents Association and runner-up for Resident of the Year award

Lucy Williams, chair of the Myatt’s Fields Tenants and Residents Association and runner-up for Resident of the Year award

The awards recognise food growing projects separately: Canterbury Gardens, at the heart of Brixton, Edmundsbury Court again and the symbolic St Matthew’s Estate are all growing their own edibles as part of the 18 Lambeth estates participating in the Edible Living programme.

Lambeth council organised the Community Pride Awards ceremony at the Kia Oval on 19 November, attended by 130 residents who were all finalists in six categories.

Best Community Garden award-winners were Cotton Gardens Estate, with their self-made oasis next to Kennington Lane, with Arlington Lodge and Edmundsbury Court in second and third places.

Winners of the Best Food Growing Project were the Elmworth Grove Allotments in Rosendale Gardens, Lairdale were second and Woodvale Estate came third.

All winners and runners-up have received prizes and food growers received an IEL goody bag containing a copy of Incredible Edible’s Plant Veg, Grow a Revolution book.

Leebert Allison

Leebert Allison of the Cloisters has cultivated this piece of land for the past four years

“We are fortunate to have some talented and experienced gardeners who are more than happy to share their knowledge and skills about cultivating, seed saving and cooking with others,” said Patrick McCabe of Elmworth Grove Allotments.

“Who’d have thought that cooking young broad beans in their pods would be so delicious? If you look amongst the vegetables you’ll see signs of childhood gardens, callaloo, New Zealand yams and Turkish rocket to name a few.”

PICTURES: Sam Mellish

 

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  1. Yishebah BahtGavriel December 11, 2015 at 9:25 am ·

    These elders understand some keys about how to integrate with the soil/earth and its link to longevity.

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