A new sewer connection has been installed for the pavilion with the result that the front of the community garden had to be bulldozed over which is quite devastating,however we are seeing it as an opportunity to redevelop the space to ensure continued and increased community engagement.We are rich with ideas for the redevelopment, including workshops and ongoing projects and as an educational project show garden and training center.
GROW MAYOW COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT
Grow Mayow Community Garden Project was established in the south east corner of Mayow Park in 2008 by Green Peas UK, a constituted community organization.
Formerly a disused park keepers depot, the Grow Mayow Project has grown to be the home of weekly art classes, a toddler singing group and a forest school, as well as providing support and training to a core of volunteers, many of whom have gone on to further education and employment in horticulture.
In addition to our weekly programme,
· Grow Mayow Forest school with Hugh Dames
Mondays 10 am – 12 pm Meet in the park at the adventure playground more info at :
· Garden sing along with Cat
Tuesdays 10.15 - 11.15
Volunteer gardening day with Lumen
Sowing growing and help with the up keep of the garden.
Wednesdays 12 -4pm
Wednesdays Messy play with Shiree
Wednesday 23rd April 11am
We also run special annual events during the year, such as art and harvest festivals, pop up cinemas
(in conjunction with THELITTLEGREENSCREEN ), as well as permaculture and gardening courses and we work closely with
local housing authorities and a local schools for children who
have social, communication and interaction difficulties to
ensure that everyone in our community has access to
information, green growing spaces and natural play.
As a result of redevelopment works, this
vibrant community asset has been disrupted on a number of occasions, and in January of 2014 it was cleared to enable a sewage pipe connection to be re-established to the Mayow Park pavilion.
We are raising funds for redevelopment to re instate this
front community garden with the COMMUNITY GARDEN / POCKET PARKS PROPOSAL
Our proposal for the restored front garden, for which we are
applying for a Pocket Park Programme grant, includes an
· Free nature play area,
· Healthy eating raised beds,
· Wildflower seating area,
· The pie garden with fruit trees with a workshop table
· Exhibition beds
· The cutting garden
· A woodland meadow path, as well as the reinstatement of the herb spiral, native animal and mini beast habitats and native hedgerow.
We plan to hold numerous workshops as part of the redevelopment, with a focus on getting children and adults alike outdoors to explore, learn, grow food and play in their local environment.
Following the initial management by Green Peas UK, the garden
will be built and planted over a number of WILDTHINGS WEEKENDS
this summer 2014.
These weekend events will include food growing and natural habitat workshops , nature performances and will be promoted locally through various forms of media.
Grow Mayow Community Garden will help to make
Lewisham greener and more resilient and will provide space for
people to come together to relax and explore.
Should you have any questions or require any further
Information , please do not hesitate to contact us. email@example.com
The mission of Grow Mayow Community Garden
To create a community hub that is a source of education and enthusiasm for growing and nature.
Our aim is to encourage inner city gardening with a view to reducing the carbon output involved in food production enjoying the garden nature and to enjoy this urban green space.
We host workshops for both adults and children to introduce vegetable growing, organic gardening and permaculture techniques.
Three principles of permaculture that we apply are
Earth Care, People care, and Fair share
We run a forset school on Mondays have gardening nursery rhyne time on Tuesdays and volunteer gardening work days on wednesdays. We run many events and have small cinema onside from the LittleGreenscreen with a tantalising programme of award winning films about stuff that is happening and the good stuff people are doing, we hold popup documentary cinema events in and around forest hill, SE23.
We host several events each year to expose the wider community to what different ways of gardening looks like, to build a community of volunteers, and to have fun.
Our ethos is sustainability – reduce, reuse recycle – and inclusiveness – we want garden users to reflect the diversity of the neighbourhood.
We are a voluntary non profit organisation in South London, we grow food, herbs, flowers, we sell, and help others to grow and enjoy nature.
At Grow Mayow you will see many examples of permaculture food growing in practice. This includes companion planting – putting beneficial plants side-by-side, rainwater harvesting system, and recycling of materials.
As well as considering permaculture in our food growing, we aim to apply the idea of permaculture and interconnecting elements to our work away from the site.
This includes encouraging others to get involved in our projects.
• Support people to develop in horticulture skills.
• Training, workshops and other learning, we give practical support to local community groups and organisations that want to start or develop their own food growing projects.
• We sell seasonal vegetables and growing resources (like compost) with planting advice on site.
Mayow Park community garden relies entirely on voluntary contributions.
We hope you will have the chance to visit us in person, to wander around, to sit, relax and enjoy the garden.