Edible Living – free gardening sessions support food growing – Lambeth Living talk Thurlow Park’s Lairdale estate

New food gardens are growing in Lambeth estates with a little professional help from Ruth Arnott, who has been hired by Lambeth Living to help residents make their gardens sustainable. One estate to benefit is Lairdale Estate, where Andy Begley is the resident with ‘green fingers’. “You blink and the tomatoes grow,” he says with a big smile. “People on the Estate really enjoy gardening, we have been taking turns for watering and we had weekly meetings in the garden.”

Since June 2014 the Lairdale Residents Association led by Zarah and with the green gardening fingers of Andy have been working on their very own vegetable patch. As these pictures show there is plenty to show for their efforts – tomatoes, corn, salad, herbs, cucumber and aubergines. It’s a lovely way for those on the estate to get to know one another and to use up space that was not being used. Look out for more crops soon!