Green Team kids get the growing bug
Published by Lewisham Homes for Lewisham Homes in Housing and also in Communities, Health
7 year old Israel Adelanwa, who wants to be a doctor or a gardener when he grows up, takes a bite from one of the many carrots the Green Team has grown in their inner-city fruit and veg garden
Young people on the Evelyn estate in Deptford, south east London, have gone veg crazy thanks to Lewisham Homes and the NHS’ Choose Health Campaign.
For the past four months, a dozen young people from the estate have been growing their own fruit and vegetables in the communal garden.
London Community Building, a social enterprise based in Lewisham, lead sessions with the young gardeners showing them how to plant vegetables, water them correctly, weeding and ensure the garden is a success. Results have been outstanding, with a bumper crop of lettuce this year!
The Green Team has been in action around the estate, planting over 400 tulip bulbs last autumn that transformed the estate in the spring. The young Team, aged between five and thirteen years old, have a real sense of community pride and plan to go out litter-picking around the estate.
Johnson Oredein, resident and Chair of the Evelyn Gardening Group, said: “The project has been really fantastic for the kids on the estate. It’s given them the opportunity to learn something completely new and, even better, to see the results of all their hard labour. They’ve had fun outside in the fresh air and made new friends. Hopefully, it may even have inspired a lifelong passion for gardening for some of them too.”
The project received funding of £5,000 to promote community gardening from the NHS’ Choose Health Campaign, which takes an innovative approach to health issues, promoting healthy lifestyles and activities.
The project has been such a success that the Green Team are thinking about setting up their own stall to sell the fruit and veg they’ve been growing, to friends and family on the estate.
London Community Building is a social enterprise based in Lewisham that focuses on building works and community gardens, employing local unemployed people on their projects.
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