Lending a hand in Gambia Street

Residents of Gambia Street, SE1, held an Autumn Tidy Up lunchtime gardening session recently and we were delighted to lend a hand with gardening tools and staff support. The Gambia Street community garden is the product of community collaboration and so it was great to see that at work again.

With money from Southwark Council’s Cleaner, Greener, Safer fund, residents have been able to invest in the garden. Around 40 perennials were planted up, along with spring bulbs. Employees from Hilton London Bankside, who often come to enjoy the space in their work breaks, came out to get stuck in too. With so many helping hands the garden is now looking in great shape, ready for the New Year.  

Gambia Street community garden was created in 2004 when residents worked with the council to get a through street closed off. Bankside Open Spaces Trust helped to transform the space into a community garden with raised planting areas. The community has been managing the garden over the past few years. With their new funds, local residents have exciting plans for the garden, so watch this space, and social media for more!

Sarah Mangan