Approach Gardens


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Approach Gardens is situated in the middle of a sprawling East End housing estate, surrounded by blocks of flats. A resident-led committee was formed five years ago to manage this once-unloved and unused space.

Today it is a community food garden consisting of 40 raised beds that are individually attended by families from the estate, the local school and a day center specialising in dementia care.

There are two sheds, a communal composting area and a large polytunnel. We have communal fruit trees and bushes, and an award-winning wildlife area consisting of a small pond (with frogs and toads), native hedgerow, a 'bug hotel',  a wildflower meadow and lots of ivy for the bees.

The garden is softly planted with shrubs and bee-friendly flowers. Often described as an oasis, the garden brings together many diverse groups from our local area.

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