Gardening and Art Project
InSpire coordinates a highly successful Food and Gardening Programme supporting local people to get involved in food and gardening related activities across the local area.
The work we have done includes the following, as well as a few workshop sessions open to all such as chutney making and mosaics with Bee Urban and Pembroke House, and some trips to the Garden museum.
1. Aylesbury Community Garden – Inspired to Grow Tucked away in the heart of the Aylesbury estate, our small vegetable and herb plot and our other plot in Burgess Park have provided weekly sessions for anybody wanting to spend some quiet time gardening . For the last year, these plots, as well as the planters at 2Inspire have been looked after by a small group including Joseph Kanu (a graduate of the Food and Gardening programme) and Jane Higginbottom, our lead tutor on site. These friendly sessions have taken place every Thursday, meeting at InSpire at 9.45 for coffee before the session.
2. Gateway Estate Gardening and Arts - Situated in the heart of the Gateway estate just off Walworth road, a range of small raised beds provided the perfect opportunity for local residents to produce their own local food whilst also helping to keep the estate looking nice. Bad weather/winter season Art projects took place indoors. Sessions were open to local people of ALL ages and took place on a Saturday once a month 2pm-4pm. The beds and garden area created as a result of this project have now been passed over to the residents of the Gateway Estate for their own use. This was an original aim of the project.