Community Gardens in Wandsworth
The People’s Postcode Lottery and Western Riverside Environmental Fund (WREF)
Wandsworth – Putney, Tooting, Bramford and Rose Community Gardens
The projects aim was to increase the availability of forage and habitat for flying pollinators through engaging the local citizens in gardening activities. Additionally, the project aimed to foster community cohesion and establish a better connection between the gardens and locals. This was done through involving 4 community gardens as ‘hubs’. Plant kits were distributed to participant households and support was provided through online social media and training sessions.
The outcomes of the project were successful with increasing the number of forage patches for pollinators as well as increasing the knowledge and awareness of pollinator biodiversity amongst local communities. In addition, participants found they improved their confidence and skills in gardening; they felt an increased sense of connection to their local communities; and their wellbeing increased from participating in the project.