Become an Urban Farmer.

seed distribution flyer
seed distribution flyer

Saturday 22 May 1pm - 4pm

Avant-Gardeners will be at the Barnfield Community Day SE18 distributing free seeds. Collect your seeds and then get planting in preparation for the Avant-Gardening Urban Farmers Market in August.

Woolwich Common All Stars

We are looking for the Woolwich Common dream team as Avant-Gardening host, in collaboration with One Night Grandstand, Woolwich Common All Stars - the fun alternative to the World Cup


Workshop dates

Wednesday 2 June we will be planting footballs outside Barnfield Project

Friday 4 June. Commentators Workshop to be held in Barnfield Project. This workshop runs 2 - 5pm and is available by pre-booking and arriving on a first come first serve basis at 1.45

Saturday 5 June - Woolwich Common All Stars. 2pm - 5pm at The Cage. Just turn up!

Late spring sowings

On Wednesday 12 May between 2.00 - 5.00 pm keep a look out for the Avant-Gardeners on the Nightingale and Barnfield Estates in Woolwich. They will be distributing free packets of seeds to residents and encouraging them to plant them in any available containers. So you may have a glut of rocket or peppers but that's where the Urban Farmer's Market comes in.

In August all participants will be invited to bring their produce to the Urban Farmers Market where they will be able to swap their delicious fresh produce with other urban farmers at the Urban Farmers Market

Nightingale Garden Project. 1st birthday celebration

Nightingale Flyer
Nightingale Flyer

What are you doing this summer?

Avant-Gardening are looking for volunteers for their programme of summer activities. Whether you want to give a few hours or every waking minute we want to hear from you.

This volunteering opportunity would be most suited to people interested in the arts and the urban environment and their application in a socially engaged setting. We are looking for artists and gardeners who can give their time to support a project that explores issues of sustainability, food, gardening, creativity, community and people's responses to their own environment.

This may be the opportunity you were looking for to develop your arts practise or a way of working with like-minded people on a fun and engaging project


If so, please tell us a bit more about yourself; what you could bring to the project and what you hope to get out of it.

Please e-mail

Growing Stories

Growing Stories workshop with Kamala Katbamna
Saturday 10th April
2 - 4pm
@ Field, 77-78 5th Ave, Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane SW9 8PS
Bring a story, take a cutting!

Avant Gardening at the Stanley Picker Gallery

Flyer for Stanley Picker Gallery project
Flyer for Stanley Picker Gallery project

This summer Avant-Gardening will be running a community engagement project at the Stanley Picker Gallery. To be kept updated on this project please e-mail Polly

Topics: [community engagement] [Stanley Picker Gallery]

New Project page

A new project page has been added for the Flowers in the Wood project. We are asking residents of the Flowers Estate in Abbey Wood to share their thoughts about the green and open spaces on the state and how / if any of these spaces could be utilised for food growing or to improve the bio-diversity of the area

Topics: [community engagement] [Flowers in the Wood] [Greenwich] [growing spaces]

The Avant Gardening Map

The Avant Gardening map highlights where we are Avant Gardening

View Avant-Gardening in a larger map

Topics: [Flowers in the Wood] [Greenwich] [map]

Mobile Allotment goes to Bethnal Green

Thanks to funding from Awards For All the Mobile Allotment is about to be planted ready for the summer by pupils at Oaklands School, Bethnal Green. During the summer term the pupils will be turning the mobile allotment into a sensory garden that can be explored through taste, smell and the vibrant colours of summer.

Artists, Polly Brannan, Kamala Katbamna and Lisa Cheung will be leading workshops to redesign the mobile allotment, explore the sensory properties of plants and to spread the word as to how easy it is to become an urban food grower. The young people's garden will be on show at various venues during the summer months

Topics: [growing spaces] [mobile allotment] [Oaklands School] [sensory garden] [Tower Hamlets]

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation