Please follow the link below to view the latest issue of GreenspaceLife, the newsletter for all those who are interested in and passionate about parks and green spaces in Islington. You can find more info on our own Thornhill Bridge Community Gardeners on page 6.
Thornhill Bridge Community Gardeners
Thornhill Bridge Community Gardeners (TBCG) have successfully fundraised for and constructed a new food growing space along the Regents Canal on top of the Islington Tunnel; this is part of the Greener
Islington and healthy communities’ initiative ‘Edible Islington’, which has helped support a number of projects in allotments and community food growing sites. TBCG commissioned BTCV volunteers to put in some raised beds and carry out the necessary ground works. TBCG have added more food growing containers, soil, compost, seeds, plants, as well as a water harvesting system.
In addition, Thornhill Bridge Community Gardeners received an RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ award, Getting Thriving (Level 4) and only missing the top category by eight points.
Read an extract from the judges’ report below..”
Community and Stakeholder News, Thornhill Bridge
New Food Growing Area on top of Islington Tunnel
This project is a wonderful example of how partnership working can result in positive benefits to the community. The canal-side site at the rear of Kings Cross station was once uninviting and lacking in interest but is now being transformed into a safe an accessible community space. A number of grant awards have been forthcoming to make the transformation of the sites possible, and in particular the recent £100k Heritage Lottery Fund which will allow the next phase of the programme. Community consultation is seen as an essential tool, and work has been conducted through the involvement and contribution of local children, corporate volunteers and organisations such as Groundwork 2. A close working relationship with the London Borough of Islington and British Waterways has ensured continuity of the project and ongoing support. Funding sources continue to be explored, both locally and nationally, and evidence of more recent phases of the scheme were witnessed in the community vegetable space, the creation of nesting islands on the canal, and the much admired artwork on Caledonian Road Bridge.