transforming meanwhile sites to promote positive mental health for all

transforming meanwhile sites to promote positive mental health for all

Core Landscapes

Community Garden and Plant Nursery

A Core Arts project

Creating a green haven for the community. By the Community

Core Landscapes transforms vacant land in deprived urban areas into hubs for community engagement through horticulture, design, workshops, training and events – improving physical health, mental health, wellbeing and community cohesion.

Core Landscapes is a Core Arts project: a not-for-profit Social Business that promotes positive mental health and wellbeing through creative learning. Core Arts provides quality education, training, employment and social enterprise initiatives that enable people who experience mental health issues to overcome barriers, fulfil their potential and participate fully in their community.

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New Location

New Hub Site
Homerton E9

Core Landscapes’ now has a new hub site roof garden at Core Arts’ in Homerton E9. The roof garden site includes a teaching and workshop space, micro plant nursery, greenhouse, water-harvesting and demonstration roof top garden plants that can withstand heat, exposure and drought. This will be open to the public by appointment later in the season. Core Landscapes will also be developing new meanwhile sites and supporting others later in the year and also overhauling Core Arts’ existing garden on St Barnabas Terrace E9.

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Latest News

Wardle Street given green makeover by mental health charity

Wardle Street has received a green makeover courtesy of award-winning mental health charity Core Arts. Students and volunteers from Core Landscapes, the organisation’s green arm, planted up 12 tree pits []

Core values at heart of Wardle Street makeover

Students and volunteers planted 12 tree pits and street planters on Wardle Street and installed a 50 metre-long wildflower meadow strip and community orchard in Homerton Grove […]

Mayor of London awards Grow Back Greener grant to Core Landscapes

Helping London adapt to climate change and promoting walking and cycling by converting grey streets into greener spaces: the Wardle Street Project, led by Core Landscapes, will green the route between Homerton High Street and Homerton Hospital in Hackney, with a community orchard, a new meadow and a green wall []

Core Landscapes receives the Green Flag Award 2020

The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world []

Core Landscapes wins London in Bloom 2020 Gold Awards

London in Bloom is about celebrating the passion Londoners have for greening our Capital city, recognising the tireless work of volunteers who support and care for many of our parks, squares, and green spaces both []

Core Landscapes featured in London Landscapes Summer 2020 issue

The Core Landscapes team transforms temporary sites into green havens to promote positive mental health and physical health and community cohesion. []

Core Arts launches online lessons for budding gardeners as skeleton staff maintains rooftop haven

Mental health charity Core Arts, which runs a community roof garden in Homerton where it hosts courses for budding green thumbs, has moved online amid the coronavirus lockdown []

Drab roof transformed into community garden

Two hundred volunteers grafted for five months to transform a bland Homerton roof into a community rooftop garden – and the results are stunning.

‘Plan bee’ for cities: new report sows seeds for insect-friendly urban areas

A study has revealed the importance of cities for pollinators and highlights how to attract bees and other insects to urban areas []

What we do

Community Microplots
Community Garden
Plant Nursery
Green Care
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Awards Press Release 26.9.18
Interview with Nemone Mercer
feature in Garden Magazine
Our feature in Growth Point Autumn 2017:


  • Green Flag Award 2020

  • OUTSTANDING “It’s Your Neighbourhood Award” 2019

  • BEST NATURE PROJECT “Social Prescribing Award” – Defra finalist 2019

  • OVERALL WINNER “Our Community Award” – London in Bloom Award 2018

  • GOLD “London in Bloom” 2018

  • OUTSTANDING “It’s Your Neighbourhood Award” 2018

  • BEST CONTRIBUTION TO HEALTH AND WELLBEING Groundwork Award finalist 2017
  • Finalist in the Groundwork Community Awards ‘Best Community Contribution to Health and Wellbeing’ 2017

  • ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Award’ Thriving 2016

  • ‘London in Bloom’ The Greener Streets Awards 2016

  • ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Award’ Thriving 2015

  • Core Arts are Shortlisted for the City of London’s ‘Sustainable City Awards: Greening the Third Sector’ 2013 / 14

  • Core Arts win The Mayor of Hackney’s ‘Best Sustainable Business Award’ 2014

  • City Bridge Trust ‘Growing Localities Award’ 2013 Winner: reclaiming and developing wasteland category

  • ‘Capital Growth’ 2nd Prize for Best Food Growing 2012

  • ‘London in Bloom’ Certificate of Excellence 2012

  • Hackney in Bloom’ Certificate of Excellence and a Green Penant Award for Best Community Garden, 2012 – relating to Core Arts Garden in Hackney


“I have poor mental health normally so this really impacted on me and gave me an anchor, a sense of belonging and of the opportunities to reach out and find work or leisure possibilities.”

“I’ve learnt a lot about sowing, time length, watering and soil depth etc. I’ve seen that there are so many people who want a bit of green and cleaner cheaper healthier living despite being constrained by low incomes.”