Community garden and mosaic project at the Mulberry Centre
Capture Projects Lottery funded community garden and mosaic project at the Mulberry
Guest post by Debs Astell from Capture Projects
Capture Projects was thrilled to receive National Lottery funding to do a community garden and mosaic project at the Mulberry Centre in New Cross.
Over the past couple of months we have worked in the Centre with the staff and centre users - hard work but also great fun.
We started by doing some basic garden clearing jobs, and with the help of the centre users gardening club we got serious with digging, clearing and preparing the outside area.
We made some fabulous new planters which have seating incorporated into them.
After installing them in the garden, and lining them, we got started on planting some perennials, some herbs, tomatoes and flowers, which will grow and blossom with time. Inside we held workshops and got the centre users really creative with the designing and creation of the mosaics.
We think you will find that the mosaics are quite special: as well as striking sunflowers, poppies and pansies, we have a shy fox amongst the plant pots.
We also built a table and chairs for people to have a nice sit down! In the last week we had a wonderful day when the Big Gay Al did a pickling workshop in the garden, which was very popular with everyone. A lot of tasting and a lot of pickling was done!
The centre is home to Voluntary Action Lewisham, Three Cs Support, Lewisham Nexus Service and Lewisham CNS and we have really enjoyed helping them make their communal space more beautiful. It has been fantastic to see both the staff and the centre users get really involved with their own project.