How London gardeners can get a grant

Cash is up for grabs for green-fingered Londoners as Boris Johnson plans to get the city gardening.

Image by London Permaculture

The Mayor of London is giving away grants for community gardens as part of the Capital Growth programme. Budding community groups can apply for up to £750 to get their gardening idea off the ground.

The scheme aims to foster 2,012 community food growing projects in London by the year 2012. East London is already home to one success story, the Wenlock Barn Herb Garden.

Residents of Wenlock Barn housing estate, Hackney, applied for a grant in 2010. They used the money to plant a garden on a scrap of disused land on the housing estate. The garden now produces salad and herbs which are sold to local shops and restaurants.

If you’ve got a growing project in mind, you can apply for a Capital Growth grant and help make London a greener city for 2012.

By Hannah Bass.

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