Community gardens

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The Phoenix Garden (in Stacey Sreet) is a community garden and open space in Central London.

The Phoenix Garden (in Stacey Sreet) is a community garden and open space in Central London.

Community gardens began in the second half of the twentieth century, as green spaces managed by volunteers instead of staff employed by municipal authorities. Often, they are lively and popular spaces with a character quite unlike that of municipal parks. Particularly in built-up areas such as cities, these gardens create an experience that urban folk would otherwise not experience. It also benefits the local community as these spaces are often used to grow vegetables and keep animals such as chickens which can be housed in something like a chicken tractor for easy maintenance. The produce is then distributed in the community whether that be soup kitchens or local schools. A lot of older residents enjoy these community gardens as it gives them a sense of purpose and can go a long way to improving mental health as it offers a chance to socialize in a no-pressure atmosphere. Green spaces in the city can be few and far between, if there can be more dedicated spaces to these community gardens, it can help in doing our bit to save the planet with more greenery.

Community gardens benefit from the involvement of landscape architects. Organisers can contact the local branch of the Landscape Institute to ask if any volunteers are available to help. See note on Pro Bono landscape architecture.