The St James’s Park allotment was an excellent example of a successful multi-agency partnership. Its opening in 2007 initiated a three-year programme that raised awareness of organic vegetable growing, sustainability, history and wildlife conservation. The project supported many of London’s initiatives around involving the public in gardening and healthy living schemes.
The site attracted hundreds of visitors, many of which were surprised to find such a good example of organic vegetable growing in the heart of London. The allotment hosted community events, provided an outdoor class room, inspired community groups in their learning, managed individual and corporate volunteers (who helped maintain the grounds), and was available to all visitors passing through London.
The allotment closed in November 2009 and The Royal Parks will be exploring innovative ways of taking forward
the messages from the project across London. This report reviews the work of the many people who were involved, summarises the achievements and discusses the way forward.
Read more about the project at https://www.royalparks.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/41778/grow_your_own.pdf
St James’s Park Allotment, London
Photograph Copyright 2009