Last year, Gibbings House received a Cleaner Greener Safer Fund Award. This enabled us to turn an unused and neglected strip of grass in front of our block into a wonderful community garden.
With additional help from WCGN, Garden Organic, BOST, Better Bankside, Team London Bridge, local Councillors, local businesses , and our wonderful TRA – our garden has been able to grow. Even members of our local police force gave up their free time to help when some of our planters were stolen.
We asked residents what they would like to grow and from their responses we have developed a scheme that mixes permanent planting, flowers, herbs, vegetables and small fruit trees.
Even though we weren’t able to get going until well into the growing season, we have grown carrots, courgettes, tomatoes, chillies, lettuce, celery, green beans, peas, callalloo, swiss chard, strawberries, blueberries and many herbs.