The Women's Garden Project
FACE sponsored a local initiative 'The Women’s Garden Project' at Tooting Community Garden which offered weekly social activities for vulnerable women.
The project began in 2021 by helping women of a refugee and asylum seeker background - many of them living in a hotel room, in a ‘refugee bubble’ who found it hard to integrate into the community. So being able to access a safe, tranquil and beautiful green space every week and enjoy different activities, helped their wellbeing enormously. They were very proud share their produce and part in Tooting's Foodival.
Creating urban gardens for local children and planting green spaces across Furzedown
We have been helping keep Furzedown green and beautiful by supporting gardening projects in local schools and Furzedown guerrilla gardeners.
Children enjoy growing flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables - it's a fun and delicious way to learn about healthy eating and where food comes from! In 2021 we helped Penworthan Junior School create an Urban Garden and tuck shop.
Stuart, our green-fingered hero who leads the plant sales, designed and hand-made five fantastic wooden planters to enhance the bare playground of Faylands Children's Centre, a local child care facility, so now toddlers and their families can grow fruit and vegetables. We also provided two metal planters and other garden essentials. Thanks to Sarah Forrester who initiated this project and all the staff and children who are looking after the garden with such enthusiasm!
In 2022 we supported Furzedown guerrilla gardeners who planted the roundabout and area at the top of Church Lane. Although this project has no official clearance with Wandsworth Council, they are happy to turn a blind eye and will respect the planting areas.