Edible Bankside is an environmental project, started in 2010, to enable people to grow their own food near to where they live, and in one of the most built-up, densely populated parts of London.
The programme was set up and run for a number of years by BOST staff and volunteers, involving residents on social housing estates in SE1 to build new gardens and raised beds. The project has now been handed over to the local residents who continue to grow their own food in the area on sites such as Redman Green, Tabard Estate, Sumner Street and Park Street.
As a result of Edible Bankside a large network of ‘Garden Guardians’ has been created across SE1. These guardians are individuals who seek to promote the garden amongst their neighbours. They are in regular contact with BOST which in turn provides support and guidance. With generous funding kindly provided by United St Saviours, the Edible Bankside project moved forward into its second term with gardening clubs and workshops held at 14 housing estates and other venues in SE1.
An evaluation of the project can be downloaded by following this link: Edible Bankside Evaluation 2014