From beans and beehives to workshops and wigloos, here are the best of Hackney’s community gardens.
This strip of land at the fashion college has been turned into a great veg garden. They run plant and seed sales, workshops and digging days.
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden
An inspiring slice of greenery in urban Dalston on the old Eastern Curve railway line. There’s a café, a pizza oven, abundant veg and herb beds and a fantastic programme of cultural and craft events.
Hoxton Community Garden
Streetside garden with a hollow caused by a World War Two bomb. It’s maintained by Hoxton Trust volunteers and has a butterfly farm under the clock tower, fruit trees and a wigloo (willow shelter) for kids.
St Mary’s Secret Garden
With head-high veg, flowers and herbs and a row of busy beehives, this garden provides training and a nurturing environment for people with learning difficulties. It is dotted with beautifully produced mesostic poems created by local kids with the Ministry of Stories.
West Hackney Rec Ground
Restored and reinvented with a Lottery grant, this spacious garden features playgrounds, a stone labyrinth laid into the grass and a community kitchen garden.