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ABOUT US

We are a not-for profit community education project led by a team of passionate volunteers. With 'forest gardening' we grow useful, low-maintenance, perennial plants in self-sustaining arrangements that mimic natural ecosystems. We also aim to make London's landscape more edible by propagating forest garden plants and giving them away for free to local food growing projects.

Our aims are to:

(a) offer regular volunteer sessions in a community forest garden space

(b) provide education in forest gardening and sustainable food growing methods

(c) teach volunteers how to propagate useful plants

(d) donate propagated plants to community food growing projects

 

for the benefit of the local community and wider environment. (from our Articles of Association - attached below)

We have been at our current site in Finsbury Park since September 2010.

Key points

  • We are an educational community project; a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, in the process of becoming a charity.

  • Our site has been recognised as an Asset of Community Value.

  • We were one of the delivery partners for the lottery funded project, Manor House PACT.

  • Each year we engage hundreds of local adult/child volunteers in learning to identify, propagate and eat less familiar plants at our weekly volunteer days.

  • We have grown and given away around 2,500 plants to over 150 local community food-growing projects since we set up in 2011.

  • We grow over 200 different edible plant species in less than 1/10th acre, many of which have signs with botanical names and other information.

  • We pioneered a new level 2, 6 credit “Creating A Forest Garden”, the first accredited course in forest gardening. Students earn 10 credits for a nationally recognised Award in Horticulture, consisting of four units.

  • We've trained over 200 hundred people in plant propagation and permaculture since 2013 and have run courses on foraging, food preservation and carpentry.

  • We've created three sets of educational resources and lesson plans, collaborating with teachers from two local secondary schools (Skinners Academy and Our Lady's Convent High School) to work with children from years 7-11.

  • We are part of the Permaculture Association's LAND network, The Forest Garden Network and Capital Growth and we have strong connections with many local organisations, including Manor House Development Trust, London Wildlife Trust, the Castle Climbing Centre, Railway Fields, Crop Drop and City and Islington College.

  • Our Facebook page has over 800 members, this website has about 600 hits a month, and we have recently been featured in Jellied Eel, the Observer and at the Royal College of Art (film still being edited).

The site which ELL uses is called Finsbury Park nursery and it's managed by Haringey Council. We are currently a company limited by guarantee with directors and members and all profits are invested back into our work. All directors are members. We have all the necessary paperwork completed, such as insurance, policies and procedures - most attached below. We are in the process of becoming a charity.

Registered company number: 07359093

 

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