It’s hard to find a better image of summer’s bounty than the Community Kitchen Garden on Wornington Green.
Sheltered between Pepler House and Rendle House, the garden’s bursting with green leaves and full of produce, from sweet, crunchy pears to peppers, cabbage and beautiful, sharp strawberries.
The garden’s been open for six years now, and is tended by a dedicated group of plot-holders. As well as eating what they grow, they also share it with each other and the community – there’s certainly lots to go round!
For one gardener, Barbette Mamengi, green fingers run in the family. She started gardening in her mum’s huge garden, and looks after her plot together with her fifteen year old daughter. ‘I love to grow the things I’m going to eat,’ she says.
Danella McGillivary’s been growing lettuce, beetroot and peppers, among other things. ‘It’s much better than you can buy in the shops,’ she says, ‘you can really taste the difference. The beetroot is so sweet!’
For the last three years, Wornington Green Community Kitchen Garden has entered The Royal Horticultural Society & London in Bloom competition. Last year it achieved Level Three; this year, the plot holders are hoping to achieve the highest Level Five.
The garden has 20 plots – and a few are available for residents with a love of greenery! If you’re interested, contact Patricia Poorman on 0300 456 2099 or email Patricia.Poorman@chg.org.uk
Keep on eye on the communal notice board for our gardening workshops and events.