Here is our press release:
Evering Road Kitchen Garden, Hackney
on Gardening Against Odds 2014 Shortlist
Evering Road Kitchen Garden, a project run by North London Action for the Homeless (NLAH), is one of the finalists for the 2014 Gardening Against the Odds award. The shortlist with 16 nominations is now open for public voting. Established in the memory of Elspeth Thompson, this award celebrates gardens that have found themselves thriving despite the odds.
Four years ago NLAH used a bit of land alongside their drop-in to start a small herb garden. The drop-in which has been running for over 20 years, offers a hot three-course meal and other services for homeless and vulnerable people in Hackney. This small herb garden, over the years, has developed into the Evering Road Kitchen Garden Project nurtured by volunteers and service users. Service users of the drop-in are also welcome to help themselves to vegetables.
The garden now grows a range of vegetables for use in the meals, over 150 per week, which are served at the drop-in. Gardening is organic with a focus on creating as much bio-diversity as possible. Several composting systems turn all the food waste from the kitchen into compost and fertilizer that is used for the garden.
NLAH also organises regular garden parties with bands and sells their own chutneys (Patchwork Preserves) herbal teas, seeds and cakes to fundraise for the garden and NLAH. Evering Road Garden was recently redeveloped as part of a major regeneration of St Paul’s Church grounds funded by the Big Lottery and is now open to the public every day. It is used by local residents as a place to relax and socialise, by the local Farmer’s Market’s customers, and by users of the St. Paul’s Church hall.
Evering Road Kitchen Garden is kindly supported by St Paul’s Church West Hackney. For more information on the garden do visit:
And to vote for the garden visit: