St Luke's Rooftop Garden:
St Luke’s rooftop garden terrace is tucked into what was a Victorian primary school and is now a vibrant community centre in Old Street offering a wide variety of services and activities to local people.
Looked after by St Luke’s Gardening Group, the planting in this two-year-old garden is entirely in pots and troughs of various sizes and styles. The group, which meets every week and is open to everyone, aims to create a relaxing and colourful space in this south-facing sun trap. Group members can develop their green fingers, share their knowledge, meet new people and enjoy working together on a community project.
The colourful planting shows what you can do in a small urban space. It includes a range of climbers, ericaceous shrubs, a mini herb garden and an ivy hedge providing a lush break between the terrace and café roof. The permanent planting is supplemented by bee-friendly annuals. The garden’s colour scheme (green, pink and purple) has been chosen to reflect the dazzling colours and energy of St Luke’s. St Luke's Food Growing Space:
Our brand new community food growing area, built on a concrete car park, aims to show how plants can be grown in difficult urban conditions. Ten raised beds have been shaped and placed in order to make the best use of the light and to create functional spaces for people to work or just sit, relax and enjoy the garden.
The planters are allocated to different groups based at the community centre, including the Men's Shed, Multi-cultural Group, Over-55s and Children's Group. There is a greenhouse for propagating plants and growing seeds, and a variety of different composting methods on site to save and recycle as much organic matter as possible.
The space is used to grow herbs, vegetables and flowers for the community cookery school as well as herbal workshops and arts & crafts activities.