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Take an unused and neglected space, add ½ tonne bags of soil
and - hey presto - you've got a new community
We meet residents who are now enjoying the new space,
meeting their neighbours and getting fit growing their own healthy
food. We also meet Groundwork's on site Community Gardener who
continues to provide weekly advice to residents to help
them develop their new plot.
Welcome to a Vacant Lot project, part
of a three year project funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food
grant scheme which provides a creative solution to growing fresh
food in urban social housing areas with limited access to private
and public green spaces.
Derelict spaces are being transformed through simple means into
allotments where local residents tender a spectacular array of
vegetables and fruit. The project is based on a successful pilot in
Shoreditch, where local resident involvement helped to transform a
formerly dead and inaccessible space into an allotment using ½
tonne bags of soil.
Vacant Lot is now being rolled out across 20 social housing
estates in Hackney, Islington and Camden in partnership with six
social housing providers and What If: projects Limited, the
original designers of the ‘Vacant Lot’ idea.
After checking out the ladybird houses and runner beans we'll
head over to Clissold park to meet
paticipants gaining new skills in one of Groundwork London's
The site today