Better Bankside's Volunteer Gardening Club
Greening Bankside’s urban spaces and finding relevant ways to support the local community are just two of many projects at the core of Better Bankside. With this in mind, the impact of our burgeoning volunteer gardening club has become something of a great success.
With our urban gardener Ida Nilsson at the helm, the club is comprised of local employees and residents who are able to donate their lunch break from 12.30 - 1.30pm either on the first or third Wednesday of every month. Together, they target key areas in Bankside which could benefit from some green-fingered finesse.
Improvements to Bankside’s streets and spaces...
This year alone, the gardening club has tackled and spruced up four locations; Warden’s Grove, Price’s Street, Ewer Street and Great Suffolk street. If you’re passing any of these areas, look out for the planters and flowerbeds which (when in bloom) will display a variety of perennial and evergreen plants. Aside from bulb and shrub planting, the volunteers have also helped improve the aesthetics of these locations by litter picking, weeding and pruning. Ida has recently added some new planters near Nolia’s Gallery, which will be an upcoming project for the volunteers.
Getting involved in the gardening club has a broad appeal for several reasons. The lunchtime sessions are a perfect excuse to get out of the office and embrace a new challenge. What’s more, no gardening experience is required - all you need to do is turn up and be willing to get your hands dirty.
In addition to the gardening of spaces, volunteers have also been able to take away new learnings. From gaining general greening tips, to making seedbombs from locally picked seeds, you might just inspire your own organisation to green the office and adopt more sustainable practices. Take for example the members of staff at London Councils, who have set up their own employee rooftop gardening club.
Sign up to a gardening session...
To register your interest or find out more about the sessions, please contact Ida Nilsson at in [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: Volunteer%20gardening%20club) . Please note, we can only accomodate six people per session.
Better Bankside are also getting involved in the Chelsea Fringe Festival in May and will be hosting some special events. Details will be announced soon, but keep an eye on our Events page.