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What’s Vital Now? ‘What If…. Lambeth managed its green spaces for biodiversity and food growing?’ With Incredible Edible Lambeth

Posted on 21 September 2020

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What’s Vital Now? is an online series that shares voices from different communities, sectors and disciplines, on what we can do to create more inclusive and sustainable places that bring people together while responding to the needs and aspirations of our diverse communities.

Incredible Edible Lambeth was established 8 years ago in 2012 as a Community Interest Company. Its aim is to support people and communities, through growing and celebrating food. The team engages with and encourages people to look at their local area and see how they can transform it by adding food growing space. They want to support a local food economy that thrives, employs more local people and keeps money in Lambeth.

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Credit – Streatham Common Community Garden

IEL works with many local establishments and charities such as Lambeth Larder, South Lambeth Botanical InstituteLambeth Horticultural Society and The Remakery. Its 100+ member gardens include Myatt’s Fields Park, Brockwell Park Community GreenhousesBrixton Windmill and Thorlands Gardens, dozens of community gardens, ten schools, several cafes and food entrepreneurs. You can find all of its members on this helpful map.

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Credit – Brockwell Park Gardens Instagram

Janie Bickersteth, Chair of IEL meets with Valcie McIntosh who is Chair of ALTHTRA Gardens and Allotments (formerly Landor Road Gardens) and also runs Papa’s Park, to discuss ‘What If…. Lambeth managed its green spaces for biodiversity and food growing?’

Valcie and Janie’s recommendations include;

If you’d be interested in joining Incredible Edible Lambeth as an individual or group you can sign up here, you can also catch up with the team on the IEL Blog.