London needs green therapy

Fri, Aug 12, 2011

Climate Change, Grow your own

After the riots in London over the past week it is time for communities to rebuild trust and create harmony with one another. Creating a garden and growing food can bring a common sense of achievment and value to individuals feeling isolated and challenged by inner city living.

I stumbled across an example of this just around the corner from busy Kings Cross station this week. I stepped into an oasis of green and calm where herbs, fruit, flowers and veg were nestled in amongst houses and flats. The Calthorpe project is “an inner city community garden and centre where people grow and learn together taking care of each other and the environment.”

The Project offers a varied programme of activities for children and adults, an under 5s drop-in and a number of community classes. During the school holidays there is an extensive programme of activities. The site also includes a one-acre organic community garden where local people can grow their own food and a floodlit sports pitch that is the countries first outdoor futsal pitch.

Sounds to me like this type of project offers a sense of belonging to an area as well a project for children and adults to work together creating making a positive difference to the environment they live in. Community gardening could provide  green therapy to help regenerate London’s challenged areas.

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