Community Greenhouses in Brockwell Park
Open Day at the Community Greenhouses Open Day
Sunday 30th October 2005 Noon - Dusk
The Community Greenhouses are situated to the west of Brockwell Park - we paid them a visit during an autumn open day.
The project is entirely volunteer run, currently boasting 12 or so regulars enjoying fresh picked salad, bread and cheese in exchange for their efforts.
The Greenhouses mainly sell seedlings of organic kitchen herbs in spring and summer, with a limited amount of other veg on sale as and when it's ready (on a first come first served basis.)
We visited on an autumnal Open Day and enjoyed some delightful hot cider and apple and honey -delicious!
The site consists of two large greenhouses, about a third of the famous walled garden, a small forest garden, lots of veg plots and two sets of beehives - and a fabulous view of the sun going down!
The site boasts many compost heaps with contributions of non flesh kitchen compost very welcome.
During the summer of 2005, the Community Greenhouses grew nearly all the food for the 150 people who turned up for the Brockwell Park Mid Summer Feast.
The volunteers managed to sell out the event with tickets priced according to income.
An auction and raffle raised £1,600 for the Park, and many agreed that it made a fine sight to see
150 people eating together in the Park.
There is a 'friends of the greenhouse' membership list for visitors to join up to, with volunteers welcome to become members, keyholders and vote on the trustees of the charity at the annual AGM of the charity.
Although it has to be said that the opening hours can be a tad erratic, the Community Greenhouses are definitely worth a visit and come thoroughly recommended by urban75!
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