Last week Team London Bridge received the eagerly anticipated news that their Estates in Bloom community gardening project at White’s Grounds and Tyers estates would be the beneficiary of 1,100 free plants from Alan Titchmarsh’s installation at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
To celebrate 50 years of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom community gardening initiative, award winning garden designers Alan Titchmarsh and Kate Gould were commissioned to design the ‘From the Moors to the Sea’ garden installation at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. With the intention that the garden would be recycled back into the community, the RHS subsequently ran a competition to source a gardening project to which the 1,100 plants in the installation could be donated and re-homed.
Recognising an opportunity that was too good to miss Team London Bridge (TLB) successfully entered the competition on behalf of its Estates in Bloom initiative – a community gardening project which seeks to improve the gardens on the White’s Grounds and Tyers housing estates in London Bridge. The project is funded by TLB and the Peter De Haan Charitable Trust and implemented by St Mungo’s Broadway Putting Down Roots.
A tireless effort by Putting Down Roots, Leathermarket JMB gardeners and local residents has meant that many of the plants have already been planted – the result being a dramatic and much welcomed improvement to the estate gardens. Jim Adamson, a resident of White’s Grounds and keen gardener, even received an unexpected phone call from Alan Titchmarsh himself to wish the project well and ensure that the plants were thriving in their new location!
Putting Down Roots will be at work on the gardens every Tuesday from 8am to 2pm undertaking routine maintenance and improvements, but in the spring and summer will also hold gardening workshops for residents once a month on a Saturday 10am-2pm, and additionally once a month on a Tuesday 6pm-8pm.
Huge thanks must go to Alan Titchmarsh, Kate Gould and the RHS for their generous donation and also to the Leathermarket JMB, Putting Down Roots, Jim Adamson and other resident gardeners who have put so much time aside to help with the rather complicated and hurried task of storing, transporting and installing the plants over the last week.