Step into an urban oasis at Walworth Garden
There are many things you could call Walworth Garden – a local gardening charity, a plant shop, a community empowerment project, an accredited horticulture training centre – but one thing is for certain.
This community garden, tucked away in the heart of Walworth, only a few minutes’ walk from Elephant & Castle, is a hidden treasure!
If your mind turns to seed at the thought of looking after flowers, plants and herbs, then help is at hand from the green-fingered folk at Walworth Garden.
Located at Manor Place, near Elephant and Castle, the award-winning gardens have flourished in an area with a rich horticultural history that was once part of the larder of London and provided fresh produce and flowers for the city.
It has been home to the unique charity Walworth Garden for more than 30 years, after a group of local residents reclaimed a derelict street corner and created a community garden in 1987.
Since then, the gardens have evolved and today the charity is dedicated to improving lives through horticulture, offering a range of services and opportunities designed to help individuals from all walks of life.
As well as offering a tranquil oasis in the heart of London, Walworth Garden is an accredited City and Guilds training centre, offering QCF training and apprenticeships in horticulture for unemployed people designed to give hands-on experience and provide the skills, qualifications and confidence to return to work.
The Garden offers a variety of workshops based around the themes of the environment and healthy living. From creating your own eco friendly cosmetics to herbal medicine or how to make the most of your urban garden. The Garden is the ideal place to feed your curiosity.
Nature therapy sessions, giving therapeutic support for vulnerable adults, as well as people with mental health issues, are also run. The programme offers a range of gardening therapy projects designed to help individuals back onto the path to wellbeing, including growing vegetables, working on local allotments and learning how to cook healthy meals using the home-grown ingredients.
Oliver Haden, CEO and head gardener at Walworth Garden, said: “Over the past 30 years, Walworth Garden has been helping the local community to get in touch with the soil.
“The satisfaction you get from planting a seed, tending to it as it grows and then being able to harvest that plant is immeasurable and brings positivity to everyone.
“Walworth Garden is a place to be enjoyed by everyone who visits whether they are here to embark on a training course that will open doors in their future career, or simply to sit and enjoy the beautiful garden and take five from the stresses of daily life.”
Whatever your relationship with the land, Walworth Garden is open to everyone, and who knows, perhaps it will inspire you to clean out the garden shed and embark on a project of your own.
If you’d like to visit Walworth Garden, find directions here.