Harlesden town garden

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Local volunteers got together with LIFT (a Harlesden based community organisation) and with financial help from Brent and other agencies have revived this less than inspiring pocket park.

Much has been achieved in the time since Friends of Harlesden town garden was formed: a new multi-use games area, new playground, a raised bed area bounded by mixed hedging, a wild flower garden, paths and benches.

Work continues, with regular event days and volunteering by local youth groups and schools and there is still much to do, but in the summer of 2014 we realised we had turned the park around from a neglected space into a community hub. Nurseries had sports days here and now children use it every day. There are ball games, picnickers, and central to the whole project, locals growing their own produce with children regularly joining in to help and learn.

Crouch End communal garden

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This garden was created by local residents who finance, plant and maintain it. The garden consists of a large grass area for play and socialising, an orchard and the gardening team are gradually creating lovely beds of mixed planting around the perimeter of the garden. I was invited to design the layout and planting for the far end of the garden, a south facing sun-trap. The committee wanted to make it into something a little wilder, inspired by grasses and naturalistic planting, with somewhere to sit and meet friends or where they could enjoy the view of the rest of the garden through the grasses.

This is a collaboration that has been a joy to work on. It is still a work in progress. We have completed the first planting and plan to plant the remainder in spring 2015, once the residents have finished building the seating area.