From a barren patch of waste ground to a bustling hive of share and share alike community goodness, the Nomadic Community Gardens has evolved dramatically over the past year and it’s quite remarkable to see.
Like a massive den for adults, the gardens sit next to the railway in an area of town not necessarily known as a go to destination. Once an unappealing patch of scrub next to a brick arch, it was once so unimpressive that the producers of hit TV series Luther practically took out a lease for whenever they needed to film some grime ridden section of East London.
Now, the brick arch is still there and still not particularly appealing but the scrub is just not comparable. Filled with garden boxes where members of the nearby community can grow their own produce, it’s brought allotments and the idea of grow your own back into the heart of the city.
A kindness boutique has even been set up, you know the kind of thing where you can leave clothes for people to take who may be in more need than yourself. Contained within the boutique are ‘birdhouses of positivity’ (already an amazing name) where you can leave positive messages for others to read.
Wandering around the gardens it seems like a different world entirely. Just a stones throw from the hustle and bustle of Brick Lane, last year it hosted the Meeting of Styles street art festival and art from that event can still be seen in the dominant wall overlooking the site. In fact we’ve popped over a few times since that event and there’s often something new art wise to see.
There are a couple of coffee shops (kind of) and a few other booths the purpose of which is not immediately apparent. There’s also a campfire, some lizards made out of tyres, a boat, some sofas and a lot of vegetables at various levels of growth. It’s well worth a visit.
The Nomadic Community Gardens were visited on Saturday 16 April 2016. They can be accessed via Pedley Street just off Brick Lane, head to Allen Gardens and go underneath the railway bridge.
Nomadic Community Gardens Gallery