Could you help with E17 Edible Gardens?

As covered in a previous blog post, the good folks at the Neighbourhood Directorate of Waltham Forest Borough Council and our local Chapel End Councillors are making funds available to local residents and groups to set up guerrilla gardening projects in this corner of Walthamstow. Planting up overgrown or empty tree pits with bee-friendly seeds, this is an opportunity to brighten up the streets for spring, do your bit for nature, and meet your neighbours.

I’m going to be submitting an application for Brettenham Road (running across the top of Lloyd Park) in the next week, and would love to hear from any other Brettenham Road locals who are interested in getting involved too. One idea would be to bring residents together as ‘Brettenham Road Edible Gardens’ – with the plants and seeds used all being edible and based around the four themes below. Residents could make use of anything planted – with a laminated recipe idea attached to the tree, and signage inviting people to take a cutting or use in their cooking.

Comments, ideas and suggestions all welcome.

  1. Ingredients for making your own tea: Peppermint, Fennel, Lemon Balm, and Chamomile

    Image: congerdesign at Pixbay CC

    Image: congerdesign at Pixabay CC

  2. Ingredients for salads: Spinach and Swiss Chard

    Image: foshie on Flickr

    Image: foshie on Flickr CC BY 2.0

  3. Herbs for everyday cooking use: Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

    Image: Walthamgrower blog

    Image: Walthamgrower blog

  4. Edible Flowers: Marigolds and Nasturtiums


    Image: Lynn Greyling Public Domain Image


2 thoughts on “Could you help with E17 Edible Gardens?

  1. Melanie says:

    Hi, I am offering to host the Kitchener Rd area. I am very excited and love your idea for an Edible option, but am very concerned that it won’t be viable! As it’s on the street, your plants will be exposed to car fumes and potential dog’s peeing? Unless you can hang or fix herb boxes up high, on to the tree?
    Have you researched the toxic difference from roadside to backgarden as such?
    I only ask because it’s something I am studying and trying to introduce into a local school.
    Good luck,


    • AM says:

      Hi Melanie, thanks for your comment. You’re right of course about the risks to the plants. One way of getting around this could be to adapt the plan and have seeds and bulbs planted at street level, then use hanging baskets or window boxes in residents’ actual front or back gardens to grow the edibles. If we provided seeds for spinach and nasturtiums, and mint cuttings, then residents could plant them up. What are you thinking for Kitchener Rd? – Amy


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