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
For Eastend gardeners who are unsure of the collection days for garden waste, Hackney Council are currently working on their datasets and have a facility that allows you to view collection dates for your brown bag garden waste.
To find out your relevant dates visit the Hackney Council website following this green link and simply type your street name into the search box.
In my attempt to make this easier for eastend gardeners I devised a map showing street collection days, however in my search for data I got a little muddled with green box and brown bag collection dates.
But so as not to let a good map go to waste, below is information for recycling and green box collection. Recycling your household waste and any old plastic plant pots is something we at Eastend Gardener promote.
You can view Green Box Collection Days in a full screen map by clicking on the green link. In this full version you can zoom in and find your street to check which day you should put out your household waste for recycling.
The image above shows the streets around Hackney, Dalston and Homerton.
Please let us know if there is any other information or garden-related queries you have and we’d be happy to research and find out the information for you.
By Krystena Petrakas