Brunswick Life

Allotments on Wheels

One thing we are not short of at the Brunswick Centre is open space. Recently a small grants programme called Capital Growth was advertised and I was lucky enough to get £400 on behalf of residents to be able to set up a new vegetable plot. An additional contribution from the TRA made a fund large enough to build some planters.

The planters were designed and made by an East London-based designer called Oscar Narud. They are built from recycled scaffolding planks and are on wheels so that if the landlord decides to take up the paving (as they tend to do), the planters can be moved. We also have a couple of benches for weary gardeners, and anyone who fancies sitting out on the podium.

The garden on wheels is located outside the tenants hall at 10 Foundling Court. An earlier experiment with vegetable growing on the podium has been very successful despite the young plants being ravaged a family of ducks who took up residence at Foundling Court during the wet weather. The garden has so far produced beetroot, courgettes, lettuce, spinach, rocket and runner beans. By autumn we should have peppers, sweetcorn, carrots and broccoli.

If you would like to have a planter on permanent loan to grow your own fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers please get in touch. An initial notice on the boards brought forward a few interested people, but there are two more planters available.

These will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If there turns out to be a lot of interest, we will aim to raise funds to build more planters. If you would like to have a planter, please contact me. I’m also interested to hear your feedback and any other ideas about how to develop our ‘allotment on wheels’.

Vicky (Foundling Court resident)

Contact me at vfriend@sky.com or post a note marked ‘Foundling Food Space’ with your contact details through the door at 10 Foundling Court (tenants hall).

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