50 plants used at the RHS Hampton Court flower show were given new leases of life in the TARA area yesterday.
A few days earlier, TARA were told we’d been selected as one of the community groups to take part in the re-homing scheme run by the House of Wayward Plants, the RHS’s reuse partner.
Andrew, Ben, Peregrine and Roberto drove to the distribution hub at Morden Hall where they were allowed to choose 50 plants. They took a broad range including dahlias, ornamental grasses, broom, hazelnut trees and quite a few unidentified ones.
Once back in South Lambeth, Ben and Peregrine set to work plating on the Dorset Road / Meadow Road build-out, while Andrew and Roberto were joined at the pocket park (in the Tradescant Road spur near St Stephen’s Terrace) by Daisy, Helen H, Indiana, Mike, Penny, and Simon. An amazing morning’s work. Thanks to everyone.
TARA is thrilled to be one of the community groups selected to help re-home plants from this year’s RHS Hampton Court flower show.
Big thanks to the House of Wayward Plants which is the Official Reuse Partner for the RHS and has helped millions of plants to get a new life after being used at Chelsea, Hampton Court etc.
We don’t yet know what we’re getting or how many of them, but that’s part of the excitement.
We’re picking the plants up on Saturday morning (13 July 2019) at 9am and expect to be planting them by 10:30am or so. If you want to pitch in and help, come and find us – we’ll base ourselves at the ‘pocket park’ on Tradescant Road near St Stephen’s Terrace. Bring a garden fork if you have one.
The plants are for use in the pocket parks, build-outs and planters in our streets, so if you have one near to you that you think merits attention in the form of fresh planting, feel free to come along and bag some plants for it.
Say what you like about the people round here but they do know how to throw a street party.
A groaning buffet table, silly games, sunshine, music, samba, drag and a high-pitched waterbomb fight between residents and outsiders (or ‘guests’ as they are sometimes called) are the key ingredients for success, we feel.
Loads of people contributed by organising, setting up, clearing up, bringing food and drink or even just by turning up (eventually). But special thanks are due to Heidi for organising the games, Bhavini for her microphone skills, Mick for putting together a sound system for us, and — of course — to Mike for making it all happen at all.
Congratulations and big thanks to Helen C who successfully put in a bid to the Veolia Recycling Fund for Communities. The £2,000 award will enable us to buy and plant 12 wooden barrels to help green the northern end of Tradescant Road and deter anti-social behaviour there. Once they’re delivered we’ll be organising a Freshview day to set them up and plant them. Watch this space…