Last summer we launched a photo project to celebrate our network of growers, the green spaces you work in, the food you grow and the incredibly beauty and biodiversity you bring to Tower Hamlets’ urban environment. (Thank you!) We took photos of community gardens across the borough that demonstrated that, despite the Covid lockdown, our community growing spaces were still vibrant and very much alive. We’ve loved scrolling through the pictures and seeing all the familiar faces and places that have been so important to us during the pandemic crisis.
2020 was also the start of our Keep Growing campaign, at the start of lockdown when some food seemed scarce. Food security had never seemed so important. We supported over 700 people to grow vegetables – some for the first time – by sending them grower packs and creating lots of online resources to support them through the process. We particularly loved running our “Grower’s Question Times” on Zoom – it was great to see the level of interest and so many smiling faces!
This year’s campaign will be a little different. We’re still supporting people to grow, but also encouraging people to share: seeds, seedlings, ideas… We still can’t hug each other, but we’ll be #GrowingTogether this growing season! Find out more.
The aim of Wen’s Food Growing Network goes beyond gardening and food-growing: we’re helping to connect local people, to support each other through difficult times and get collectively inspired by the inherent resilience of nature.
Despite everything we have been through in these past few months, our green spaces have been a place for healing and a great support for our mental health. It warms our hearts to receive your messages, photos and enquiries for future activities. We’re looking forward to starting new projects and a new growing season with you in the safest way possible. Stay tuned for more news!
Tower Hamlets Food Growing Team
Check out the photo album here