Community garden project at Hambledon Court

One of our residents from Hambledon Court got together with staff members Jackie McLean and Ayo Ishola to form a community gardening group to transform a dull patch of earth at the estate.

Hambledon Court in south London, is key worker accommodation for NHS staff based mainly at King’s College Hospital and King’s College London. Thomas, an NHS nurse, took a break from the stress of the pandemic earlier this year and it was during this time off work that his plans for the garden began to develop. It’s great we were able to provide the plants and help him transform part of the communal gardens for him and other residents to relax in.

Planting commenced last week with Thomas, Jackie and Ayo being joined by other residents to plant an array of plants and shrubs. The resident team will water and care for the plants and hopefully watch them grow, forming a green oasis in the city.

Next on the agenda is the clear up and dig over of another area of the garden where the group hope to grow vegetables and herbs that residents can use in their cooking.

With lockdown restrictions now easing, Thomas and the team are also hoping to organise a social event in the garden in the coming weeks so residents can get to know their new outside space and each other better. We hope the rain holds off for you - but then again, it’s good for the garden!