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Growing and eating your own herbs, fruit and veg is a great way to learn about where food comes from and tempt even the fussiest of eaters to try new things!

Not everyone has a garden but it’s amazing how many things can be grown in pots on a windowsill. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in community growing projects across the local area….

Bucket and spadeVolunteering at Meanwhile Gardens
Address: Volunteer Base 156-158 Kensal Road, W10 5BN
Tel: 020 8960 4600

Meanwhile Gardens works to bring a garden into the life of the local community. Those aged 16 and over can join the team of volunteer gardeners to learn about horticulture, meet new people, and gain some practical skills and experience on the four acre site.

Corner 9 Physic Garden
Address: 9 Dalgarno Gardens, W10 5LL
Tel: 07763 472516

Garden forkThe physic garden is a space for children to get in touch with nature and participate in a range of activities including ‘chicken club’ (you guessed it – helping to look after the resident chickens!), potting and tending to plants, and other activities with a creative twist. Check out the website for details of regular family sessions.

Holland Park Ecology Centre
Address: IIchester Place, W8 6LU
Tel: 020 7938 8186

LadybirdA bit further afield is the Holland Park Ecology Centre. The centre runs a full programme of events and has an edible forest teaching garden. There are lots of free fun activities for children and families all year round. They also run environmental themed holiday activities, which cost £4.30 per two hour session and are generally suitable for five to ten year olds. These involve plenty of eco fun such as planting mini gardens in a pot and learning how woodland animals communicate.

Community kitchen gardens

TomatoThere are a number of community kitchen gardens in and around Golborne, where residents can grow their own fresh fruit and vegetables for free. A community kitchen garden consists of a number of small veg plots which are allocated to individual residents or community groups, so they can grow their own fresh produce.

Most of the kitchen gardens in and around Golborne are on housing estates and therefore are only open to the residents of that estate. If you are interested in having a plot, then register at Community Kitchen Garden on the website above to see a list of where the community kitchen gardens are.

Free gardening advice and support is offered as well, so don’t worry if you haven’t gardened before.

Useful information

  • Check out the Vertical Veg website  for tips and advice about growing food in containers and small spaces.

  • The BBC gardening website contains lots of really simple step-by-step guides to growing a whole range of fruit and vegetables.

  • The National Trust has put together a handy guide on what can be grown each month of year plus tasty recipes if you are stuck for ideas!