Garden Organic’s ‘Grow Clyde Road’ community food growing project won ‘Best Vegetable Garden‘ in the Peabody in Bloom Awards 2014.
The project was funded by the Peabody Housing Trust to encourage residents of the Clyde Road Estate to become more active in their local community through a shared interest in food growing.
Since the project began in March 2014, up to 30 residents (parents, children and grandparents) have volunteered over 218 hours of their time. They have helped transform two large communal growing beds for growing edible crops.
Bumper crops of lettuce, carrots, beetroots, herbs, runner beans and strawberries have been harvested and enjoyed by residents who had little or no previous experience of food growing before the project began.
Garden Organic’s Bex Clarke facilitated weekly workshops for residents covering topics from growing tomatoes to pest control to wildlife
The Grow Clyde Road Project was supported by volunteer Master Gardeners in particular Phil Guest, who are experienced food growers who dedicate their time and expertise to help people learn to grow their own. In total Master Gardeners have volunteered 52 hours of their time on the project.