When a small garden signs up to host corporate volunteers, it’s a skills lottery. Someone who looks after huge amounts of money cannot necessarily distinguish a dandelion from a dahlia or knock in a nail. We need to find jobs that suit all levels of aptitude – from writing labels and digging holes (most people can do that) to designing furniture. With Barclays, we had a very skilled and focused team – heralded by one person bringing his own drill. A community garden’s dream. They were so efficient that we ran out of jobs and they got to go home early. We had perfect weather which may have helped – as well as plenty of tea and some good home-made cake. Of course.
Cordwainers Garden I am a community garden in Hackney, started in early 2011 on a patch of disused land at the London College of Fashion - previously frequented by, dog-walkers, drunks and flashers. I am now a thriving garden with sixteen small allotments, a pond, beehive and a dye bed.