On Saturday 19 September over 45 edible gardens throughout London will open their gates to celebrate the harvest season. Edible Gardens Open Day is an annual event for Londoners to explore secret gardens, embark on an edible walking tour, or venture further afield to discover people growing in novel places.
One of the unique gardens taking part is Grow Elephant, a growing space for residents of Elephant and Castle and Walworth. Coordinator Paul McGann describes “what is unusual about us is we are a mobile community garden - we have occupied three different sites in Elephant and Castle since 2011, and everything is designed to move. The day will not only be a celebration of our first season in our new site but an opportunity to have a party with music, food and drink.” Disco and Soul DJs will be playing vinyl from late afternoon, plus there will be a guided tours and Q & A with project directors at 2pm and 4pm.
As Maddie Guerlain from Capital Growth explains “this time of year is great for edible gardens as they start to reap the rewards of their harvest, with fresh garden produce taking centre stage at the celebrations and a chance for people to visit and get to know the amazing people behind these gardens.”
Visitors to the all the gardens will have a chance to win prizes including dinner for two at Mews of Mayfair, a hamper of local London treats from Urban Food Fortnight, and a ready to grow Rocket Fruit Garden.
Edible Gardens Open Day is supported by the Mayor of London and is featured as a key event of Urban Food Fortnight, the capital’s celebration of the fabulous ultra-local produce being grown, produced and cooked on our doorstep. Edible Gardens Open Day is also taking place in Manchester and Birmingham this year, in partnership with local organisations Sow the City and Growing Birmingham.
ENDS: A selection of gardens is listed below
For more information contact Maddie Guerlain
email@example.com or 0203 5596 777
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A selection of gardens is listed below
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