Greenwich Gardens

gnome heads
gnome heads
drop seedbombs not litter
drop seedbombs not litter
The Great Outdoors - planting the community garden
The Great Outdoors - planting the community garden

Greenwich Gardens is a new project that aims to network community groups interested in the creative arts, the environment and community gardening and work with them to proactively respond to local environmental issues.

The initiative is focused on East Greenwich, an area undergoing a radical change with intensive development and the attendant challenges to the environment and established communities.  Having run a number of discrete activities in the area over the last few years we have built a picture of the concerns that local people have and their aspirations for the future.  We are now looking to build on the desire to strengthen community engagement and people's access to green and open spaces.

We see Greenwich Gardens as a new way of working; facilitating dialogues, supporting community development and placing creativity within the context of urban greening and community gardening.  We are seeking project partners and communtiy groups interested in working with us to develop new ideas and help to realise them.

We have recently built a new partnership with the Eastney Street Tenants and Residents Association and have helped to write a number of successful funding bids that will support the development of a community growing space and an exploration of activities to help improve bio-diversity on the estate.

The project launched with the Capital Clean Up event The Great Outdoors where we made seed bomb gnomes and planted 800 bulbs to provide an early source of nectar for bees and insects.  The next event is an afternoon of bats and bugs themed activities which will take place on 1 November.  

Keep a look out for more information and a new blog page. In the meantime if you are interested in being involved with Greenwich Gardens please send an e-mail to or tweet @avantgardenlond


Topics: [community engagement] [community garden] [gardening] [Greenwich] [nature]

Greenwich Gardens

Avant-Gardening is currently developing a new project looking at how to network geographically close communities, service providers and schools through a combination of gardening and environmentally focused arts projects.  

The first event related to the project is the Capital Clean Up to be held at Ernest Dence Estate in Greenwich



Walthamstow Garden Party

Avant-Gardener, Lisa Cheung, is going to be at the Walthamstow Garden Party on the weekend of 18th and 19th July. She will be making cyanotype prints inspired by the designs of William Morris. Come along and join Lisa to create your own beautiful print.

Topics: [festival] [Walthamstow]

Experiment with flavour

Avant-Gardening will be running more experimental ice cream making and tasting sessions as part of Open Street London on Saturday, 30 May, 11am - 4pm.  We are really keen to meet enthusiastic urban gardeners who can bring some tasty fresh produce with them and transform it into an innovative ice. 

For more information about the Open Streets day visit

Topics: [community engagement] [family] [Southwark] [workshops]

Big Dig 2014

If you live in East Greenwich why not pop along to say hello at The Big Dig event on Saturday 21 March. Although we won't be doing a lot of digging we will be asking people about what they would like to see on their shared green spaces and planting a few seeds.

Ernest Dence Estate, Eastney Street, Greenwich SE10. 

Saturday 21 March 11am - 1pm

Crocus Field Launch

 Last October hundreds of people came together at Little Marton Mill in Mereside to be a part of the creation of a living artwork with artist Rebecca Chesney and Avant-Gardening as part of LeftCoast’s Growing People programme.  

The goal was to plant 100,000 Crocus bulbs with local residents, businesses, organisations and schools to create a stunning gateway to Blackpool and a new habitat for bees and wildlife.

A public launch to celebrate the planting and flowering will take place at the Windmill on Sunday 8 March at 12pm and includes a local bee walk hosted by Alan Hulme and some delicious homemade soup.  All welcome.

Sunday 8 March 12-3pm

Little Marton Windmill, Blackpool, FY4 4XQ


Topics: [Blackpool] [community engagement] [environment] [gardening]

Crocus Field

Little Marton Windmill. Photo Rebecca Chesney
Little Marton Windmill. Photo Rebecca Chesney

Avant Gardening in partnership with LeftCoast and artist Rebecca Chesney are set to create a giant living artwork in the green space around Little Marton Windmill, Blackpool, this month and you can be part of making it happen.

Residents and businesses are invited to roll up their sleeves and get involved with planting the 100,000 crocuses needed to create the ambitious installation over four days from 30 October to 2 November. Everything you’ll need to take part will be provided so this is the perfect chance to let your green fingers get creative.

Not only will the planting create a stunning living artwork that can be enjoyed by local residents but it will also brighten the Preston New Road route into Blackpool for visitors. The crocus field will flower in spring 2015 and will create the perfect habitat for wildlife and bees as well as a torrent of colour around the mill.

Everything you need to get involved will be provided including planting tools, equipment and refreshments.

Planting takes place from Thursday 30 October to Sunday 2 November at Little Marton Windmill between 10am and 3pm daily.

To book your time to come along and plant click here to complete our short booking form or call 01253 477973 and speak to Jade.

Or feel free to drop by and help with the planting.

Topics: [Blackpool] [collaboration] [community engagement] [Creative Roots] [gardening]

Do you Pushbullet?

Avant-Gardening now has a channel on pushbullet to provide a service that will allow you to get project updates on your phones, tablets and computers quickly and easily.

You can receive updates by following this link

Topics: [community engagement] [social media]

Ice cream for the weekend

There are two more opportunities to enjoy the taste sensations of Operation Deep Freeze this weekend.

Saturday 14 June we are at The Wonky Prong, Church Street, Deptford SE8. 1.30 - 4.00

We will be running an ice cream workshop using product bought from local gardens to see what flavour you can come up with. The winning flavour will be documented as the Taste of Deptford 

Sunday 15 June we are at The Bridge, East Greenwich Pleasaunce. 1.00 - 4.00

We will be churning up one of the flavours created during the project so far and offering a taster to visitors to the Picnic in the Pleasaunce

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation