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Core Landscapes’ open day a success at new Silvertown site

Lyn Brown MP cuts the ribbon at Core Landscapes' Silvertown open day Lyn Brown MP cuts the ribbon at Core Landscapes' Silvertown open day

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
12:06 PM

Core Landscapes’ first public open day at their brand new site in Silvertown got off to a flying start on Saturday.

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Despite the temperamental weather, around 200 people came throughout the day to celebrate the creation of the new “pop-up” garden and refurbished community plant nursery in the heart of Canning Town.

Lyn Brown MP came to cut the ribbon and offer her support to the hard-working volunteers and staff who pulled the new site together over the last three months.

The event was part of London’s Open Garden Square’s weekend that links together hundreds of community gardens all across London.

“It was really encouraging to have so much positive feedback about the project and see people really enjoy the space,” said Nemone Mercer, 43, Horticultural Nursery Manager at Core Landscapes.

“We had lots of interest from potential new volunteers and plot holders and we hope to have many more events like this in the future,” she added.

The site supports 20 micro-plot allotment style raised beds for individual community members, a few of whom put together a delicious BBQ for all to enjoy.

Live music was supplied by musicians from Core Arts an award-winning community arts centre in neighbouring Hackney and children’s art sessions kept the youngsters busy.

Core Landscapes is a “meanwhile” project occupying land awaiting redevelopment, opening up otherwise locked up spaces for community benefit.

Open volunteering sessions run on Tuesdays and Thursday between 10am and 2pm for anyone interested in learning more about horticulture and landscaping.

For more information go to www.core-landscapes.co.uk or contact nmercer@corearts.co.uk

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