Posted by: Ealing Transition Community Garden | September 4, 2010

Manifest destiny!

The latest news is that our community garden group has acquired a new space – the Pop Up Kitchen Garden in Ealing’s Walpole Park. We’ve been taking care of it for the last month or so, and this weekend we are going to have our first event on-site to introduce our group and give away some produce.

This is a shot of the space as maintained by a consultancy firm hired by the council for the month of July. Just to quickly summarise, this space was originally a quarter of a rose garden located next to Sir John Soane’s regency “country house,” Pitzhanger Manor. The council is in the process of applying for a grant from the Big Lottery in order to restore the house and garden in full. Part of the plan is to potentially restore the rose garden to its former glory as the manor’s regency period kitchen garden. The council held a consultation with the public for the month of July, giving visitors a chance to have their say on how they would like to see the space take shape and what purpose such a kitchen garden could serve in the community – community garden, learning space for schools, heritage garden, social enterprise, all of the above?

While the council waits to hear back about its grant application (summer 2011 at the earliest), Ealing Transition will be stepping in to make sure that the space continues to flourish. It has come to our attention over the last couple of weeks that there is definitely produce to be harvested! So, if you’d like to come by for some free veg and a lively discussion about community resilience in the face of peak oil, please stop on by at Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing Broadway between 2 and 5 this Sunday, the 5th!


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