As well as having aesthetic appeal and being natural air purifiers, surrounding ourselves with plants and nature has therapeutic benefits. With many lacking personal outdoor spaces, Londoners have come to appreciate and make the most of the abundance of parks, green open spaces and waterways. Urban dwellers also have the opportunity to access community gardens, outdoor hubs that help improve our physical and mental wellbeing, connect with people, and make a positive contribution to our neighborhood and the environment.
We are therefore delighted to announce that Paddington Central, a vibrant London neighbourhood, is unveiling a beautiful new community garden; sponsored by Wipro Limited and supported by Kingfisher. From sowing to growing seasonal flowers, vegetables, herbs and pollinating plants, to building bird boxes and bug hotels to attract wildlife, the garden will be a pride of place for the local community of all ages to meet, learn, enjoy and reap the benefits as it evolves over time. The gardens will host regular educational workshops for local schools and community groups. Children from Queen Parks Primary will also contribute to the building and planting of the vertical farm.
Located on Kingdom Street, the community garden will host a series of free open workshops run by urban farming experts at Square Mile Farms. Whether you’re green fingered or an aspiring gardener, have a vegetable patch or a small balcony herb box; if you dig gardening you will welcome the opportunity to gain some helpful tips and tricks on preparing and growing your own fresh produce whilst learning about the importance of local food production and healthy eating.
Workshops will include:
• The basics of growing at home: Selection and building your own planters
• Sowing: How to sow and grow vegetables and herb seeds
• Planting: How to plant seedlings and transplant mature plants
• Harvesting: When to harvest and how to prepare plants to be eaten
• Plants and your wellbeing: Tips to increase your connectivity with nature
Events will begin in May; workshops will be continuously updated throughout the year. All ages are welcome.
With lighter evenings and warmer days ahead, have a blooming lovely day out with a visit to Paddington Central’s varied eateries, or take your ‘thyme’ enjoying an early evening stroll along the beautiful Grand Union Canal.
Written by: Eboni Addoh