Growing Greenwich!

  Posted on 20th January 2018

Growing Greenwich is trying to build a network of growing sites across the borough!

GCDA initially started growing to to support Greenwich residents using the therapeutic powers of gardening to help people regain confidence, build self-esteem and motivation as well as creating new social networks.  We know the immense benefits of growing including improving physical and mental well being, community cohesion, tackling social isolation and more.  GCDA now supports 5 sites across the borough and each week local residents can attend to try a range of gardening activities from seed sowing to planting, maintaining and managing herbs, shrubs, flowers soft fruit bushes, vegetables and fruit trees throughout the seasons, with the support and guidance of GCDA’s community gardeners and volunteers.  When the weather is inclement, sessions are held indoors to discuss topics related to the site and gardening, plants and the natural world in general.  For information about where you can go – see our GCDA Community Garden Sites Flyer

There are also many other growing sites in the borough and you can use our map below to find out more.  Do please check with the site before turning up though!

We’re always trying to grow this map, so if you have a site that’s not listed, or would like to update anything, please email mel@gcda.org.uk with any info you have.

We also want to host regular network events so we can all get together and build on the amazing work being done, and support others to get involved too.

To take part in the Gardening for Health project please contact: Kevin Godby  on 020 8269 4880 or email Kevin on Kevin@gcda.org.uk 

Resources & Funding

There are loads of resources available to growers and amazing national sites that we recommend.  Check out the following:

Thrivehttps://www.thrive.org.uk

They use gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable. Loads of information and support about growing including training programmes, and you can download their pack on how to set up a community garden for people affected by mental ill health here

Capital Growthhttp://www.capitalgrowth.org; Loads of resources and downloadable guides. They also run the Big Dig, Open Gardens

Food Growing Schoolshttps://www.foodgrowingschools.org

Grow Veg: How to set up a school gardenhttps://www.growveg.com/guides/how-to-set-up-a-school-garden/

Royal Horticultural Society, School Gardening https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/resources

Countryside Classroomhttp://www.countrysideclassroom.org.uk/

Farm Garden – There’s an incredible resource from the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens on how to start a growing site – you can download it here

The Charlton and Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society – monthly meet ups at Charlton House, the society aims to make the monthly meetings sociable occasions and refreshments are served to allow members to mingle and exchange gardening tips and ideas. They meet at 7.30 on the 3rd Monday of each month. For more information see here 

For info on funding, you can download a list of potential funders here

GCDA supported Food Growing Sites across the borough

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