Walworth Community Gardening Network Conference - Report
Please find the report from the recent sun-drenched Walworth CGN conference below.
Walworth Community Gardening Network Conference - 21st April 2018
Launch September 2017
We are delighted to announce that the Walworth Society has received funding from United St Saviour's Charity to support community gardening across the Walworth and Elephant & Castle area over the next two years. The new Walworth Community Gardening Network (Walworth CGN) aims to bring together the wealth of growing and gardening talent that exists across our area so that everyone can learn from each other and help each other grow.
The Walworth CGN will encourage and support neighbouring gardening groups to come together locally for joint on-site training, share resources, and expand the network of local volunteers. To start the gardening year, each Spring the CGN will bring together Walworth/Elephant & Castle community gardeners to learn and gain help from experts and plan their planting for the summer.
Towards the end of the summer, the CGN will run a Walworth/Elephant-wide Garden Show with fun events, expert advice, and where each garden group can show its produce and attract new volunteers. Throughout the summer, a regular newsletter and local events will help gardening groups keep in touch with what is going on and provide a forum for learning and mutual help.
The Walworth CGN has come about as a result of the work of the Elephant & Walworth Neighbourhood Forum which identified community gardening as an area for focus in the Walworth and Elephant & Castle area. This project is an initiative of the Walworth Society and is only possible due to the generous support of the United St Saviours Charity, but it is the property of the community gardeners of Southwark. Spring 2018 will see the first and founding conference of Walworth Community Gardening Network. Open to all local community gardeners, and to all those that would like to build a gardening group on their estate or street, or connected to their community group or GP surgery.
The founding conference will not just decide how the network is organised and run, but will start the growing year with expert speakers and discussion on how to plan, grow and run a community garden; how to attract volunteers in a diverse and multicultural locality; how to attract and support gardeners with additional needs; and how to fund and sustain a gardening group into the future.
Community Gardening Crampton St with Oli Haden from Walworth Garden (photo Diana Cochrane)
Walworth CGN supported by United St Saviour's Charity