Last week I signed the lease from Lewisham Council to get the land for the Bold Vision Common Growth community garden.
Watch this short video to see the Common Growth land and some of their plans for the future. To get involved you can email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are looking for all sorts of people to get involved -you don’t need to already knopw how to grow vegetables.
Following a constructive meeting with Lewisham Council, Bold Vision now has a “Tenancy at Will “agreement with the council which allows access to the Sandbourne Road site for soil testing, groundwork, planning etc prior to the signing of the lease agreement early in 2011.
We have also discussed the longer term possibility of a Community Asset Transfer which would give us permission to use the land for 25 years. We will talk further to the council later in 2011 about this.
Meanwhile the Common Growth team are forging ahead with their plans. If you would like to get involved please contact Kat Drake
(this photo is from www.bb-environment.org not us… yet!)
Over 40 hardy people made it through the rain to join us for our consultation meeting on community food production on Telegraph Hill. The organisers will be circulating information about the event and the next steps but here are a few personal highlights:
strong will to work together on this rather than chopping the land up into individual plots. More company, more teamwork, more skill sharing, more food
lots of interest in food production, soil improvement, rainwater conservation, bee keeping, composting, skip gardens…
support for the idea of a dispersed community garden – centred on the Sandbourne Road but with pieces all over the hill – unused scraps of land and currently underused gardens
some excellent sources of inspiration and learning – Green Shoots on our doorstep and many other projects around the country
All in, an excellent example of our Bold Vision values in action (living with openness, mutuality, potentialising and courage)