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]

Walk the Thames Trail

The Thames Trail is a project by Viewfinder Photography exploring the Greenwich Riverside. Viewfinder are producing an app to guide participants through the history of the area which will be launched shortly.  

Avant-Gardening's Paul Green has been invited to lead a walk along the river, from the Cutty Sark to the 02 looking at the nature that intermittently breaks through the historical industrial landscape. 

Download the Thames Trail app and bring your camera as we explore Greenwich's riverside landscape

Places on the walk are FREE but need to be booked in advance. For more information and to book a place visit

Topics: [environment] [green spaces] [Greenwich] [walks]

The Greenwich Garden

The Greenwich Garden is a temporary space created for play, debate, gardening and social interaction that will spring into life between 25 July and 12 August 2012 when we will be offering a wide range of interactions and workshops ranging from kite making to seed ball production, gardening workshops to lantern making, fanzine production to natural dye workshops. We will also be hosting informal debates and salons in the garden and inviting local people to propose their manifesto for public spaces and a greener Greenwich. 
Located in an almost forgotten urban oasis and against a facade of Greenwich’s iconic buildings, designed and built by award-winning designer Hilary Blackburn, we invite you to join us and to become an integral part of the design and development of the space. As the residency progresses The Greenwich Garden will fill with colour as more community groups and local residents plant their miniature gardens which will be a repository of their hopes and aspirations for the future. The gardens created will, at the end of the residency, be donated to local community groups to enhance their green spaces and carry the wishes of the participants back into the community to create a legacy for the future
The Avant-Gardeners are currently planning a wide-ranging programme of activities and a full timetable will be available online shortly.

To keep up to date with all the latest news please keep an eye on the following websites

The Greenwich Garden is a collaboration between Avant-Gardening and Stream Arts and is made possible through funding from Awards For All and Arts Council, England. The work will be exhibited as part of City Noises, an EU funded exhibition that will be resident at  Area 12, Greenwich Peninsula between 25 July and 12 August 2012

Google Map link to site for The Greenwich Garden


Topics: [architecture] [community engagement] [environment] [Greenwich] [regeneration]

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation