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.
- Ingredients for making your own tea: Peppermint, Fennel, Lemon Balm, and Chamomile
- Ingredients for salads: Spinach and Swiss Chard
- Herbs for everyday cooking use: Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
- Edible Flowers: Marigolds and Nasturtiums