A project run by Sustainable Merton in collaboration with the National Trust, Merton Abbey Horticultural Society, Merton Council and the local community.
The Phipps Bridge Community Garden was one of Sustainable Merton’s first major projects, and continues to play a large part in our lives.
The allotments, owned by the National Trust and run by Merton Council, were largely abandoned and strewn with refuse in 2008. Six were released to us in October that year. Over the next nine months, some 40 volunteers spent over 1,000 person-hours hacking down brambles, removing rubbish and installing drainage. Raised beds, a fruit cage and a shed with a reception area followed.
We started teaching local school children about the joys of growing fresh organic produce. We offered mini-plots to local people to give them an opportunity to learn at first hand what it means to be an allotment holder, sharing our tools and pooling their knowledge with us.
The local community has been involved throughout the project and has contributed their time and skills, as well as donations of recycled wood pallets, compost, tools, and much, much else. Partly thanks to Sustainable Merton’s involvement all the allotment plots are now taken on the wider Phipps Bridge Allotment site.
Work on the community garden continues every Wednesday morning. Contact the leader of the project if you would like to come and have a look or get involved – Gillian 07956 170141