The Mobile Gardeners’ Park is a new community garden project in Elephant and Castle. It is a space for growing, for relaxing, for learning and for entertainment created by volunteers and welcome to everyone. We first opened on Saturday June 30 2012 with an afternoon of communal planting and have been opening regularly for events, both informal gardening, training sessions, workshops and tours. We also offer free tenancies to local residents for container gardening so you can grow your own and come and go as you like. Find out how you could get involved.
The location began as an expanse of concrete and rubble on the edge of a huge redevelopment site between Wansey Street and Brandon Street but this lunar landscape is sheltered by some beautiful birch and the empty high rise block of the Heygate Estate. Southwark Council and their developer partner Lend Lease invited local residents to lead the project and we took this up in December 2011. Much of the park is being made so it can be moved around, creating a flexible multipurpose nature friendly space. We have imported fresh soil and materials and are collecting and building containers so Mobile Gardeners can grow ornamental plants and meals on wheels.
We began as Mobile Gardeners in Trafalgar Square as part of the city’s 2012 St George’s Day celebrations. and have since wheeled our contraptions into the park.