Developing underused East London sites for positive mental health through horticulture
Historically Core Landscapes has utilised temporary ‘meanwhile’ sites to create vibrant, active, green spaces for local community wellbeing and positive mental health. Now it has a permanent Hub Site at the new roof garden project adjacent to Core Arts’ central base in Homerton E9. Core Landscapes will also be transforming the Core Arts garden nearby and developing a new east London meanwhile site later in the year.
Since 2009 Core Landscapes movable gardens have nurtured container orchards, wild-life ponds, medicinal planting, food growing, a wide range of container grown shrubs, trees and perennials and created opportunities in volunteering, horticultural up-skilling, up-cycling, community events and training along with support for other community projects.
Core Landscapes showcases how to container grow in unlikely places in our now predictably unpredictable climate.
Container gardening is very relevant to many people in the city with limited growing space available. But not having a garden does not mean no gardening… Balconies, window boxes, walls, roofs and railings and a vast array of community gardening projects, all offer opportunities for growing and sharpening our horticultural skills.
Core Landscapes creates spaces for people to meet others and learn about all forms of horticulture in a relaxed and supportive environment to benefit mental health and wellbeing. This helps to break down stigma around mental ill health promoting recovery and opportunity. We work with people of all ages, backgrounds and experiences and have links with numerous community-based organisations and referral routes that engage with the project in lots of different ways wherever we are based.
Propagation, plant maintenance, landscaping and construction are a large part of our project and offer a range of opportunities to our volunteers and beginner gardeners. The project is anchored around our capacity to propagate the plants that source our gardens, plant nursery other local community green-spaces. We advocate organic gardening without the use of harmful pesticides and insecticides – aiming to create spaces that promote good physical and mental health, encourage wildlife and mitigate against climate change utilising water harvesting, solar energy and composting wherever we are.
Core Landscapes will now be working at 2 ends of the spectrum with its new hot west facing exposed roof top garden and micro plant nursery alongside developing the Core Arts shady protected garden with mature shrubs and trees giving us a multitude of opportunity to expand our plant collection and widen our planting knowledge.
While we are developing our new roof garden community visiting hours are by appointment only.
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