Hackney Homes, in partnership with Hackney Council, have come up with an innovative new way to join people up to spruce up gardens in the borough.
If you are unable to look after your garden because of ill-health or other reasons, you can sign up to the scheme by downloading an application form and you’ll be matched up with somebody who wants to help.
If you don’t have a garden but want to start gardening, you can donate your time to help, either by growing fruit and vegetables or flowers and shrubs.
You can also get perks such as free gardening training and references as well as being able to take home some of what you’ve grown.
Have any of our readers taken part in the garden swap? We’d love to know and hear about your experiences – you could even do a guest post for us! Comment below or tweet us @eastendgardener.
By Natasha Wynarczyk. Photo by Anthony Lui under a CC licence
Today kicks off the start of National Gardening Week, not that we gardening enthusiasts need an excuse garden, but the Royal Horticultural Society has put on an abundance of events to keep our green fingers busy. You can find the full list of activities at nationalgardeningweek.org.uk
With a week of April showers forecast for London and the majority of the UK, I feel a boost of encouragement is needed to get all urbanites to dust off their shovels, get into their wellies and get your urban garden looking bright and blossoming for the summer months to come.
We want to encourage all urban gardeners who do join in with National Gardening Week to let us know what you get up to, whether you’re potting a plant, weeding the flowerbeds or mowing your lawn, it would be great to hear and see what you get up to this week. Feel free to contact us if you fancy writing a guest post for our blog at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you have any gardening queries just comment below this post and we’ll get back to you with our tips and advice. And for those who get a chance to go to the events the Royal Horticultural Society are putting on, we want to hear about that too, so please comment and let us know your thoughts.
Here are some photos from Pinterest to inspire you this week:
By Krystena Petrakas
Blue Tits are beautifully coloured birds found throughout Britain
If you’re planning pottering about in the garden this weekend, or going for a coffee and stroll in the park, then you’d be in the perfect place to get involved with RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.
East End Gardener is showing its support by joining in the annual event; all you need is a pen, some paper and an hour to spend either tomorrow or Sunday in your garden or at your local park. The idea is to note down the highest number of each bird species you see on the ground.
If you can’t tell a Greenfinch from a Jackdaw have no fear, you can also ask questions or share tips on the Big Garden Birdwatch community group. To make this easier there is a birdwatch counting sheet you can download and print off from the bottom of this blog post. For iPhone users you can also download a new handy bird guide app – lovebirds.
The RSPB has been running this event for 30 years, helping to create a snapshot how many and what type of bird there are in each region. Sadly, the number of birds that grace our gardens and parks are dropping in dramatic numbers; we’ve lost more than half our house sparrows and almost three-quarters of our starlings.
On the bright side, these surveys help to spot the problem areas and help take the first step towards protecting the UK’s wildlife.
Birdwatch Counting Sheet
By Krystena Petrakas. Photo by Sergey Yeliseev under a CC license