A wild forest garden for children is to be planted in Stockwell, south London, thanks to a successful crowd-funding campaign on the website Spacehive.
Spacehive says that ‘a flurry of support’ for the proposed Stockwell Urban Oasis, from Twitter and London Mayor Boris Johnson’s urban growing fund Capital Growth, together with last minute donations from the local pub and the Brixton Blog, ‘have pushed the campaign over the finish line’ by raising the £2,900 required for the scheme.
The site is already used regularly by lots of local children, says the project’s promoter, Kam-lyn Chak, ‘and by planting a forest garden we would create many more opportunities for different play and educational activities’.
It would also be great for the local urban wildlife and enhance the bio-diversity of the area, she adds, ‘as well as providing lots of delicious edibles and a space of natural beauty’.
Oasis, a Stockwell-based kids charity, will be building the forest-garden, which it describes as ‘an urban jungle where kids can learn about plants, wildlife and biodiversity’. The charity wants youngsters in this deprived part of the capital to gain first-hand experience of nature.
Stockwell Urban Oasis will include a recycled tree house designed by a local artist, as well as useful and edible plants for children to experience. Oasis is also encouraging local adults to become involved with the space, through gardening or projects with the children, ‘helping the playground to become a more multi-generational space, and to generate more volunteers for the charity’.