Capital Clean-up, a partnership with the London Mayor and McDonalds, is calling on charities, community groups and local businesses to apply for grants between £500 and £1,500 to bring volunteers together to litter-pick, remove graffiti, create a community garden – or anything that creates cleaner, greener, and safer neighbourhoods. Last year Jubilee school in Tulse Hill won a grant to create a new garden at the front of the school.
A piece of wasteland in Lakeview Road is being turned into a community garden thanks to efforts of local residents, Lambeth Living and their contractors.
Getting ready for spring
Local councillor Jane Pickard explains that the family next door “ were fed up because the area was a mass of brambles and bushes which invaded their own garden and were pushing the fence over”. Jane got in touch with the Portobello Tenants and Residents Association who had been talking about using the land for a community garden.
Now not only has the land been cleared and prepared for gardening, but the family next door had their damaged fence replaced and will be growing fruit and vegetables on one of the beds.
To get growing in 2012 get in touch with the Portobello TRA or email Jane Pickard.