Mobile Roots - 575
We were approached in Spring 2019 by the National Trust and Doddington and Rollo Community Centre in Battersea to run planting sessions (funded by the National Trust) in the estate's rooftop garden for local residents. These were preceded by visits by participants to the National Trust's beautiful property at 575 Wandsworth Road, home of the late Kenyan poet and civil servant, Khadambi Aslache. All the planting was done in mobile "Vegtrug" planters (used extensively by think outside), which are ideal for the elderly and very young alike. Our plants came from the Hampton Court Flower Show!
After the workshops we displayed the planters at Battersea Arts Centre for the summer - an ideal accompaniment for outdoor performances and a perfect opportunity for community engagement. They now being managed at a youth centre in Loughborough Junction.
Mobile Roots - Pimlico
Using the same concept of mobile planters for the elderly, this has been by some way think outside's largest non-school project. Funded by the Pimlico Million, we have been running gardening and cooking workshops across Churchill Gardens Estate for local residents (many of them elderly); we have added Vegtrugs to outdoor spaces at St Gabriel's Primary School and throughout the estate; run classes at both the school and the local youth club; and helped residents re-develop their communal growing spaces. We hope to carry this work for the foreseeable future.
Mobile Roots - Balham
Funded by an Our Space grant from Groundwork, we have led the first stage of the re-development of a previously under-used and largely derelict site at the rear of Endlesham Hall (the "Kalos Centre") in Balham, owned by Balham Community Church. Our objective is always the same: to provide a centre for the wider community in a companionable setting for all local residents in which they can learn to garden (using both mobile and fixed planters) and to make soups with what they grow.
Share Nursery, run at Springfield Hospital by the charity Share Community, is a perfect example of the benefits of gardening for those with mental disabilities. Students are trained in gardening and receive accreditation certificates to help rehabilitate them into, and find work, in the outside world in future. think outside worked once a week on a voluntary basis for a year until recently with Share professionals to help run classes (and provide home-made cakes for students and staff!)
Anchor Church - Pollinator Paths
Planting spring bulbs with older people in Earsfield
We recently completed a short project at the Anchor Church in Earlsfield, focusing on helping the Church spruce up its outdoor space. We ran a number of workshops, some of them linked to our Pollinator Paths project. All the participants enjoyed the planting session as well as the improved look of their entrance courtyard.
Working with volunteers - helping the Zoo gardening team
...and finally!! Working in conjunction with Groundwork we have led volunteer sessions to help the Zoo gardening team tidy up, plant and teach the volunteers more about planting and the environment generally. So a busy year!