This is the case of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, a real green oasis in the middle of buildings and a noisy city. This garden was created some years ago in a plot part of the railway that time ago linked Dalston with North London. In 2009 exyzt, a collective of architecture activists, designed and built a temporary garden and in 2010, extended their action to build a pavilion and some wooden structures. From there the garden begun to take shape and is still continuing growing on an undefined permanence.
The place was conceived as a space for residents in the area, but immediately was opened to welcome all visitants who want to enjoy a calm and relaxed time in the company of wild life, trees, shrubs, flowers, a herbs garden and some dedicated beds and pots to growing vegs.
It is a community garden but is now becoming more a statement of the values of preserving green spaces within cities, and the use of organic techniques for growing vegetation, food and wild life. A perfect example of what can be achieved if there is a solid decision from a dedicated group of volunteers directed by a team of master gardeners, who work hard to maintain the garden.
There is also a very nice cafe that serves organic products and a calendar of events was launched at the beginning of spring with sustainability as the main concept, it offers a promise of a very joyful summer.
Definitely it's an inspirational proposal for others to follow.
This is the tour to the garden. The welcoming entrance
The inviting cafe
The herbs garden using all type of containers, here a sample of a heathy rosemary in bloom.
The wooden structures were added in 2010
Groups of volunteers tend the garden in organised schedules
Beds filled with new organic compost that are ready to be planted. In the past days there has been a "compost give away2 event together in cooperation with London Waste - Eco Park Compost, to promote the use of organic compost in gardening
This the multipurpose greenhouse used for events, workshops, etc.