The Place Where Plums Grow


Find out more about our new project to bring orchards back to the Woolwich Common area. This project is still being developed and we will be looking for volunteers to collaborate and join in with us on this ambitious new project http://www.avantgardening.org/projects/the-place-where-plums-grow

Lavender Hill Christmas Procession

Thursday 8 December starting at 4.30pm at the Battersea Arts Centre Christmas Market.

Avant-Gardening will be leading a lantern procession from the Christmas Market to Gideon Road, where there will be a gospel choir singing carols.

Avant-Gardener, Polly, is currently working with Wix Primary School and Shaftesbury Park School to create lanterns influenced by the local area and the children will be leading the procession up Lavender Hill singing a new song they have created with the artist. Come and join us and get the Christmas season off to a festive start

Come and join us transforming your empty plastic milk bottles into festive lanterns in the Lower Hall at BAC, Thursday, 8 December 2.30 - 4.20pm

Extra big thanks go out to Hilary Blackburn and the Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design Course students from New Vic 6th form who built the props for this event: 

Abdul Ahmadzai

Ayrton Castro

Inayat Hassan

Iona Hudson

Eillyne Khan

Muhammad Mujahid

Nurul Shumon

 

Topics: [children and young people] [public art] [Wandsworth]

Sowing the Seeds

Sowing the Seeds is a newly published report into London children's engagement with nature. Avant-Gardening was one of the groups interviewed for this report that investigates strategies for re-engagement. 

The report can be downloaded from http://www.londonsdc.org/lsdc/research.aspx and a short report highlighting the issues identified can be found in today's edition of The Standard. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-24011324-green-spaces-are-an-alien-world-for-one-in-seven-london-children.do

Topics: [children and young people] [green spaces] [nature] [urban]

Urban Agriculture and Employability Skills

Avant-Gardening contributed to this very interesting report written by Olivia Varley-Winter which looks at some of the benefits of urban gardening. http://www.skillsdevelopment.org/researchprojects/urban_agriculture.aspx

Nightingale Nature TV

Dr Rosie Apple in the garden
Dr Rosie Apple in the garden

This short film made over a couple of afternoons in late summer captures some of the fun the young people of Nightingale Estate in Woolwich had creating activities in the community garden http://youtu.be/iMYKkdtzMTU

Topics: [children and young people] [community engagement] [community garden] [Woolwich]

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation