It’s easy being green with Transition Towns Grow Group
By LiseS | Friday, April 16, 2010, 09:48
Transition Towns is a UK-wide community organisation that
Get back to nature by planting out urban spaces with the Grow N4 group
aims to encourage localised food production, sustainable energy
sources, lively local economies and a sense of community. The group are engaged
in food growing and a number of other creative skills’ activities in the
Finsbury Park area at the moment.
The Grow N4 group meets on the fourth Sunday of every month, from 3-4.30pm at St
John's Church on Gloucester Drive to plan projects and share gardening wisdom. This month, the group have planted a new
orchard on Springpark Drive, with four apple trees, four cherry trees, two
grape vines and a variety of herbs and soft fruits from plums to rhubarb. Local
people and children from Woodberry Down Nursery came along to help with digging
and planting over two afternoons, and hopefully they’ll soon be able to enjoy
the fruits of their labours.
The group have also been planting out a site on Harringay Green Lanes
this year, with currant bushes, grapevines, edible ferns, lavender,
rosemary, sage and decorative border plants. The group use local resources and
local knowledge to develop their projects, and aim to foster a sense of
community by helping everyone to muck in and work together. So far, growers in
N4 have been very enthusiastic about the projects, turning out in all weathers to plant and tend.
generations of toddlers and their parents will be able to tend the
trees and bushes as they grow, enjoying the fruit, and taking an
important step to understanding their food and how easily they can grow
it themselves," says grower Laura Laker.
Transition Towns is supported by the Mayor of London’s Capital Growth scheme, and has also recently set up a knitting activity group to encourage
nursery for fruit trees and herbs, and run training courses in horticulture for local people.