Managing a shared Walthamstow Warner garden: what’s worked in two years

Two years have passed since I moved into our Warner flat in Walthamstow. While we quickly worked out all the quirks of the building (oh hi hidden chimney breast in the kitchen), the challenges we hadn't clocked before we moved in (very thin walls and a leaking roof), and exciting finds once we peeled back … Continue reading Managing a shared Walthamstow Warner garden: what’s worked in two years

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Planning a vertical green wall for a Walthamstow Warner flat

I set this blog up to chart changes to my Warner back garden in Walthamstow - a small patch of shared space measuring no more than 6m x 6m. After two years of experimentation, all done on a non-existent budget, there's still a lot of work to do (the raised veg beds have been pretty … Continue reading Planning a vertical green wall for a Walthamstow Warner flat

Exploring the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street

Atop 20 Fenchurch Street, 155 metres above the City of London, perches the Sky Garden. Created by landscape architecture practice Gillespies, drought resistant plants usually at home in the Mediterranean and South Africa sit in planted terraces alongside champagne quaffing City types and selfie stick waving tourists. Whichever category of visitor you might be (I won't judge), all … Continue reading Exploring the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street

Guerrilla gardening: coming to Walthamstow in a big way?

My interest in guerrilla gardening - where individuals or the community come together to plant up unloved spaces in their local area - was piqued after attending a talk in the summer by Richard Reynolds about the transformation of empty flower beds around Elephant and Castle. Since then, I got hold of a copy of his … Continue reading Guerrilla gardening: coming to Walthamstow in a big way?

Waltham Forest’s Green Open Homes 2016: recommendations for gardeners and growers

This weekend in London it's Open Garden Squares Weekend, where more than 200 London gardens will unlock their gates. We know lots of gardeners and growers are looking forward to exploring everything from traditional squares to roof terraces and allotments. But for something a bit special - and in our wonderful Walthamstow - the Hornbeam team have organised Waltham Forest’s … Continue reading Waltham Forest’s Green Open Homes 2016: recommendations for gardeners and growers

Making raised beds from scaffold planks… the Walthamstow way

For gardeners, veg patch keepers, and allotment growers, raised beds are one of the best ways of growing a wide range of plants, fruit, and vegetables. This blog post describes how to make raised beds from scaffold planks. You can pick these up at builders' yards, gardening shops, on ebay and Gumtree - but I bought mine for … Continue reading Making raised beds from scaffold planks… the Walthamstow way