Growing Connections is a three-year project funded by the National Lottery and based at St Luke’s Community Centre. The project runs from May 2016 to May 2019. 

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Growing Connections uses gardening, cookery and arts & crafts activities to bring together everyone in the community to socialise, learn new skills and improve their health & well-being.  Absolutely anybody is very welcome to come and join in any of our activities regardless of gardening experience! Or just come and join us for a cup of tea and a chat. All our staff are very friendly and welcoming. Here at St Luke’s we have three lovely and very different outdoor spaces:

  • The Edible Yard, created in 2017 - The Edible Yard is a community food growing space at the back of our community centre. It features ten big raised beds with more than a hundred edible plants, a greenhouse, shed, several composting methods, a wormery, a wildlife patch and tables as well as chairs to sit and enjoy the greenery. The Edible Yard is maintained by the St Luke’ Food Growers every Thursday from 2 to 5pm.
  • St Luke’s Terrace, refurbished in 2015 - St Luke’s Terrace is home to a wonderful potted plant display that changes every season. Ornamental flowering plants, shrubs, climbers and even a fig tree provide a colourful and scented background for people sitting outside or having a snack on the Central Street Café tables. St Luke’s Terrace is maintained by St Luke’s Gardening Group, every Tuesday from 2 to 4.30pm
  • St Luke’s Wildlife Woodland - This is an upcoming project, that will make a little shady strip of land become a perfect habitat for bugs and birds and enhance the biodiversity of our urban community centre.

Also coming soon: a henhouse, a pizza oven, a BBQ, more raised beds and lots of new things for the new 2018 growing season!

There is also a yearly programme of excursions to interesting green spaces in and around London all of which are also open to anyone. Past visits have included the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, Hyde Hall in Essex, Parkside Pick Your Own Farm in Enfield, Capel Manor and even Buckingham Palace Gardens.

If you do live in the EC1 area and are interested in setting up a gardening group where you live or are a member of a gardening group that would like a bit of help and support as well then the Growing Connections Team might be able to help! We can match groups up with corporate volunteers to come and do some tidying up, help with funding applications, lend tools and equipment or even come and visit to offer suggestions. Please get in touch with us to discuss your ideas.

We are also always looking for regular volunteers to help us in the outside spaces here (including jobs such as watering, harvesting, and looking after our worms) as well as involved in the office (including designing posters, organising events, promoting the projects).  Please contact us if you’d like to have a chat about getting involved or would like more information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Get in touch with the team:

Heather               M: 07983 508 076   E: [email protected]

Marco                   M: 07951 039 113   E: [email protected]

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