Kitchen gardens

imgres-8North Kensington’s Henry Dickens Court community garden is the latest kitchen garden to be developed on one of the borough’s underused scraps of land.  This time a bare patch of ground to the side of the flats was turned into a garden with 21 plots with the gardeners comprising a mixture of private homeowners and tenants from the flats. Since 2009, RBKC has added up to ten new gardens to the borough’s crop of 42 community gardens. It works with social landlords and local organisations to identify neglected areas which can be transformed into a horticulturist’s delight.  “This is my first garden and I’m really happy with what I’ve grown,” says gardner Natalie Blake. ” It has really encouraged my children to eat things that are home produced,” Blake has grown herbs, parsley, thyme, cucumber, courgettes and tomatoes. Next year she plans to grow a pizza topping garden as her two boys love pizza. If anyone knows of an area which might have the potential to be transformed into a community garden you can email your suggestion to the Environment Team at [email protected]  Mary-Lu


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