On Saturday 22 September community food growing gardens across the capital will take part in the Urban Harvest, a day to give Londoners a taste of all the fresh and delicious food grown in the city. From sharing a meal to community poems, foraging tours to volunteering, there is a wide range of ways to celebrate in London's edible gardens and enjoy the city's harvest.
This annual autumnal city-wide open day to organise by Capital Growth, to help gardens promote their good work in local communities and demonstrate just how much food is being grown within London’s urban gardens. With an interactive map of gardens taking part across the city, it’s easy to find out what’s happening in any neighbourhood.
“Pumpkins are getting heavier, tomatoes are ripening and peas can still be eaten fresh from the pod – September is the season of abundant harvest and a perfect time to discover what’s growing in the city. It’s a great way to meet new people, get outside and learn more about all the amazing ways to grow food in urban areas,” says Janelle Conn from Capital Growth.
Maryon Park Community Garden in Greenwich will have a full day of family activities including making bird feeders and an outdoor art making workshop as well as having lots of garden goodies for sale. Rainbow Grow in Hackney will be giving a short talk about their participation at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show, as well as offering foraging walks and other gardening sessions throughout the day. Whetstone Allotment Garden in Barnet will give a guided tour of their plot and prepare a harvest meal to be shared.
In Tower Hamlets, Spitalfields City Farm will be focusing on harvesting and sharing a meal combining what they grew this year, and taking time to reflect upon the practice of food growing and where our food comes from. And up in Green Lanes, The Castle Garden visitors will be able to take part in lots of garden activities, including seasonal food growing games and nature crafts. You can also try your hand at contributing to an Autumn Equinox mandala and penning a harvest poem to be shared on the community poem board!
Capital Growth’s flagship allotment garden in The Regent’s Park will host their annual harvest party, where visitors can have a go at pressing fresh apple juice, take part in garden competitions or grab a pizza fresh from the cob oven topped with garden produce. There will also be children’s activities, live music and plenty of garden goodies for sale to benefit the project’s ongoing work with local schools.
A full list of participating gardens and their activities can be found on our Urban Harvest map.
The Urban Harvest is a showcase event taking place during London Food Link’s Urban Food Fortnight, and is part of Capital Growth’s London Grows initiative, supported by City Bridge Trust.
For full details about The Urban Harvest, please visit www.capitalgrowth.org/events/opengardens
Capital Growth: The Capital Growth campaign, run by Sustain's London Food Link offers practical and financial support to communities around London to help more people grow more food, and to have greater access to land and growing spaces for community benefit. The Capital Bee project, part of Capital Growth, seeks pledges to promote bee-friendly behaviour, and supports establishment of community beehives.
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