History of Bevin Community Gardens

Bevin Community Gardens was formed in 2009 by a group of residents from Bevin Court. The group’s aim was to improve the physical environment at Bevin Court and enhance the welfare of its residents through food growing, horticulture and sustainable development.

Beginning in 2010, we developed an organic food growing space in an area of dis-used ground at the rear of the estate.

In 2010-11, we worked in conjunction with Islington Council GreenSpace team and a charity, Trees for Cities,  to re-design and re-plant the grounds around Bevin Court in accordance with   Islington Council’s Vision for Greenspace on Housing Estates.

Since 2010, we  have planted over 45,000 bulbs, trees and plants. We have created:

  • two large wildlife meadows,
  • three large hedgerows
  • five new herbaceous borders across the estate,
  • two tree pits,
  • new wildlife habitats and
  • installed bat & bird boxes as well as bird feeders & baths.

Children from local primary schools, volunteers and residents have participated at our community planting days.

We have received financial support and assistance from Edible Islington, Islington Council, The Cripplegate Foundation, Capital Growth, Homes for Islington, Islington Greenspace, The Rotary Club, The Peel Centre, Apollo Property Service and Trees for Cities.

 

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