Could it be that the sun came out especially for the Hackney residents as preparation of the sites began on the streets? Yesterday was Day 1 of getting ready and residents, supporters of the community and members of the De Beauvoir Gardeners’ all got involved.
The indefatigable Alison Benjamin got her hands well and truly dirty as she did an incredible job weeding and digging in compost and top soil at the cherry tree site at the junction of Northchurch Terrace and Southgate Road.
Diana Weir and neighbours got tree pits ready along Hertford Road and I very luckily got the job of picking out the flowers that the amazingly generous people at North One Garden Centre donated to our project! They didn’t just donate the plants but gave fantastic advice about what to use (Alison was obviously very keen that we got some bee-friendly flowers!). They will be providing help next week as well; a big thank you will be made to our local garden centre – so watch this space! If you are looking for plants, tools pr anything garden-related, do go and check out the centre at 25 Englefield Road, N1 4EU. Last month I managed to buy an exquisite jewel orchid as a birthday present for my housemate there; it is a treasure trove of finds.
Here is the cart filled with flowers that I wheeled back to store in my back garden:
After collecting the plants, I helped Alison dig in the top soil, ready for the compost that arrived today (17 tons!) I shall be posting about that next…It has arrived in Dalston! So contact us at email@example.com if you want to know where to go and get it for your chosen street site! Now I’m off to run and get my free compost bin in Camden. I shall also be posting before and after photos so, if you are involved, please send me a ‘before’ photo before you get started, or email me and I will try and take one for you.
A job well done!