Nightingale Orchard Banner

Nightingale banner - Banner created by Avant-Gardening through workshops with children on the Nightingale Estate.
Nightingale banner - Banner created by Avant-Gardening through workshops with children on the Nightingale Estate.

To accompany our plans for a Woolwich Common mini-orchard Avant-Gardening have started a programme of participatory arts based on the Nightingale Estate. Our first project was working with children resident on the estate to create a new banner to promote the community garden and mini-orchard.  Our lead artist Polly worked with the children to create some fantastical and magical trees which have been integrated into the banner design.  The banner will be on display outside the Welcare offices from Wednesday 2 June as part of the Nightingale Spring Party 12pm - 4pm

If you want to get involved with the Nightingale community garden and mini-orchard come along to the spring party or call Welcare 020 8854 3865


Easter Activities in Woolwich Common

Come along and join the Avant-Gardeners as they plan the new mini-orchard project. Fun workshops for all the family. on Tuesday 19 March at Welcare, Nightingale Vale, SE18

Edible Estates Get Together

Avant Gardening will be part of the Edible Estates' Get Together on Monday 28 March. Join us for lunch, presentations and networking

Easter Activities in Abbey Wood

Join us Wednesday 20 March in the Pavilion, Bostall Gardens for our Easter workshops. Polly is currently working with residents on the estate to programme and plan the activities. If you want to get involved with planning workshops e-mail

Avant Gardening Shi Semania

Polly has recently returned from her International Fellowship residency in Ethiopia, which was organised and commissioned by Traingle Arts and Gasworks. There will be more updates and images on the Projects page soon but in the meantime why not check out the fanzine she created with residents of the condominum where she was living and working. Avant Gardening Shi Semania fanzine

Barnfield Community Feast

This Saturday, 19 March, join Avant-Gardener, Lara at the Barnfield Community Feast, where she will be planting and distributing seeds to grow in the community garden.

There will be plenty going on on the day, which is a celebration of the three years of Well London working on the estate. The feast will include a variety of stall from local organisations and community groups and there will be a talent show organised by BTEC Performing Arts students from Plumstead Manor/Negus School

Celebrating Barnfield and Long Walk Community Feast Event

Sat. 19 March, 12 - 5.30pm

Barnfield Estate, Barnfield Road, Woolwich. SE18 3HU

Topics: [Barnfield] [community engagement] [Greenwich] [growing spaces]

Avant Gardening in Ethiopia

Summer Memories

Sometimes Avant-Gardener, Katelyn Toth-Fejel of Permacouture, blogs about the simple pleasures of picking blackberries and how it influenced her practise on the Flowers in the Wood project

Get Ready for Spring!

International Avant Gardening

Avant-Gardener Polly has just left the UK to start her artists' residency in Ethiopia. Updates from Polly are featured on the Projects page

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation