edible rotherhithe


Edible Rotherhitheis a community garden and arts project based in Southwark, London.

What We Do

What We Do

We are a local growing project that works between schools, educational facilities and community centres, to offer gardening sessions for parents and children. We are interested in how gardening can promote a greater awareness around healthy eating and where our food comes from. We host communal meals cooked with ingredients from the gardens. Our programme of workshops, after-school clubs and short courses explore how practical education can take place across different age ranges outside the classroom.

School Gardening Clubs

We are currently running food growing sessions within our gardens at Rotherhithe Primary and Surrey Square School. Children from across the school take part in these gardening sessions, relaying the lessons learnt back to their class. One of our goals is to support food growing as part of the primary curriculum and develop greater awareness about nature and food growing. The gardening sessions are supported by the Garden Organic and Captain Planet Foundation. These sessions are also open to volunteers and parents.

Ceramics

Through a series of after-school ceramic classes, offered to primary students, we are building a table set for the outdoor eating spaces. The cups, plates and bowls will be decorated with leaves from the food garden. The garden’s harvest will be eaten off these plates and bowls at communal meals throughout the year.

Architecture School

This year we launched the Architecture Summer School at Rotherhithe Primary. Over the week-long workshop, students aged between 14-18 built a family of mobile furniture, which is being used for food growing within the school, moving equipment around the school’s different growing beds. The summer school gave an insight into the role of the architect, engineer and construction worker, with site visits to Morris and Co-Architects, Arup Engineers and Laing O'Rourke’s new Battersea tube station. The summer school was supported by British Land.

Woodworking and DIY

Running in parallel to the gardening club, the DIY workshops construct equipment to support the garden. The children’s sessions will build homes from nature, such as bird houses and bug hotels and learn about the different creature who live in our cities. The adult sessions teach simple DIY skills for parents and carers through the construction of Enzo Mari Autoprogettazione furniture. These designs create crafted furniture using simple construction techniques and scrap wood. This furniture will form an outdoor classroom and eating space within the food growing garden. If you are interested please sign up to the garden DIY sessions.

Cookery Club

At weekly cookery club students use the food grown within the beds and local donated food waste, to create a communal meal every week, open to parents and children. This weekly club provides a weekly health meal for the children at the school, while also providing recipes and ingredients for the children to take home with them, to cook during the week. These cooking sessions provide the opportunity to share recipes and develop a planting list for the next year based on these recipes.

Print Club

During a series of after-school printing classes students are drawing the plants that have been grown within the garden to design a table cloth to be used with the table and ceramics during edible rotherhithe collective meals.

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Getting Involved

Volunteer

Whether you’re a gardening expert or a horticultural novice, please get in touch if you are interested in volunteering as part of Edible Rotherhithe. Please email ediblerotherhithe@gmail.com for more details.

Workshops & Events

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About Us

Our Mission

Edible Rotherhithe works to develop people’s skills, confidence, wellbeing and employment and education opportunities through food growing, carpentry and arts & crafts.

We will be working with local schools and community groups to run gardening and food education classes while increasing access to green space.

Our Team

  • Project Manager Christina Wheatley
  • Assistant Project Manager Hester Buck
  • Ceramics Tutor Melina Xenaki
  • DIY Tutor Jo Behari
  • Print Tutor Sanira Emon
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