Are you green fingered? Are you keen to learn about gardening for your allotment? Perhaps you don’t have an allotment to grow fruits and vegetables in, but would like one?
Just 5 minutes walk from the Martin’s Corner shop, Plantastic is an allotment where you can learn how to grow fruit and veg. Previously Plantastic was an unused patch of land overgrown with brambles and grass. In 2017, local resident Kathy worked hard to establish Plantastic as a community garden for all to enjoy. She hoped to create more space for neighbours to grow together and share nutritious plants, fruit, vegetables and herbs.
Last year Every One Every Day joined in to help bring the community garden to life for many more people. A group of local people created a shared plot with picnic benches, raised beds, a leaf bank and small Open Orchard for people to enjoy.
Kathy is hoping to collaborate with more neighbours to take Plantastic another step forward. There are 101 things you can do to keep this garden going and growing. From making teas, digging up raised beds, picking fruit, composting fallen leaves, bringing some seeds, weeding and harvesting. Join in some of the fun sessions which have been planned to see how you can help this mini Martin’s corner oasis thrive.
Find out where your local apple trees are at Martin’s Corner, forage some apples and return to the shop to make the freshest apple juice!
Bees at Plantastic
Bees are an essential part of our environment, join us as we explore the exciting world of beekeeping.
We’ll be finding ways to make beekeeping more accessible and affordable so more people can discover the secret life of bees.
This project will explore everything from hive design, “natural” beekeeping where they keep the honey and how to make green spaces near you more bee-friendly. So,
if you’re interested in creating a greener and safer environment for bees, hacking the design of hives and/or learning how to care for them - come along!
95 Groveway, Dagenham, RM8 3XL
Come along to throw seed bombs and plant bee friendly wildflowers for the Allotment’s new bees. Local beekeeper Maria will be around to share what she knows about beekeeping and raising queen bees.
Breda believes organic growing is a win-win; important for healthy people and places but also a great way to connect with nature and wildlife
Whether you are brand new to gardening or an old hand, this is a space for people of all ages, to play and learn how to grow, maintain and harvest delicious fruits and veg. Everyone is invited to share their skills, knowledge, humour, tea-making and digging elbow grease to grow tasty vegetables. Join in to see what you and your neighbours can achieve.
d you like to learn about growing organic fruit and vegetables? Roll up your sleeves and be a part of this community allotment project.
The allotment is situated on land that was once Gale Street Farm - a little bit of unexpected countryside surrounded by flats, houses and a railway line.
Breda first became interested in Organic Gardening as a mature student studying for a degree in environmental sciences. She set up the Gale St Organic Co-op in Becontree and is keen to produce good quality food and cultivate healthy soil.
Behind the Co-op shop, Gale Street, Gale Street Organics, 492 Gale Street, RM9 4TP
Join this session to learn how to sow seeds indoors. We’ll be sowing onions, garlic, winter beans and carrots. Join Breda to find out what you can grow and harvest before the winter is through.
Join this session to learn more about soil composition and discover different ways to use coconut fibres to improve soil and plant nutrition. We will also plant some winter vegetables in our reinvigorated soil.