Educational charity Global Generation have been creating community gardens and popups in Camden since 2009 and established their Story Garden in 2019. Based behind the British Library in Somers Town, it hosts community workshops, collaborative projects, and the garden itself has come about through community volunteering. The Story Garden was nominated for recognition by residents for providing ‘access to nature, gardening opportunities and outdoor activities during the pandemic’.
We spoke with Nicole Van den Eijnde, Global Generation’s Director and Malaika Bain-Peachey, Community Gardener, about their experiences.
What are your hopes for the future?
Nicole: Our garden sites are temporary until the land gets built on, so we’re proactively working with others to ensure that there is a longer legacy for the Story Garden. We want to work with residents around more greening in the local area, and encouraging more food growing.
Malaika: I hope that we can get to the bottom of issues around food poverty and environmental injustice, rather than just tackling emergency needs. We need long-term solutions.