Our Octopus Community Plant Nursery is a wonderful resource that helps us deliver our community projects in lots of different ways. One of our recent successful projects has been the redevelopment of the tired and unloved space at the entrance of Market Road Gardens in front of Haywards Adventure Playground, in Market Road. With funding secured from the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund we have transformed a space that was a dumping area for green waste compost and a turning circle for community buses into a wonderful wildlife garden, the Wild and Green Nature Garden.
Lots of wildflowers were sown and grown by students from Beacon High School in Tufnell Park back in October last year. They were potted on by the students in February this year in preparation to being planted out to make the Wild and Green Nature Garden even more beautiful.
The Covid-19 lockdown has put that work on hold for now, so we thought how they might better benefit our community. Many of the elderly people that usually come regularly to the Lunch Club at Whittington Park Community Association and get involved in outdoor nature activities in the 4H Hops, Herbs Health and Happiness Garden, another of our successful community projects, are currently isolated at home. To cheer them up we sent them each a basket with a wildflower plant for them to grow on at home.
There are still plenty of wildflower plants growing on in the Community Plant Nursery for when we can get back together with the Beacon High students to plant them out at the Wild and Green Nature Garden , as well as lots of veggie plants which we are growing on to produce to lovely fresh veg to supplement the food parcels being shipped out daily from our community centres.