Case Study : Richard Cobden Primary School, Camden

The school wanted to use its playgrounds and roof garden to teach children about food growing and increase the wildlife value of planted areas with dry and compacted soil. They also wanted to try and solve the problem of leaf drop creating a hazard in the playground. We concentrated first on teaching the staff about healthy soil and how to help water retention by adding compost from London Waste, and making leaf mould from the leaves that fell on the playground to use the following year. We added new shade tolerant planting to the existing raised beds, for seasonal colour and to provide food for pollinating insects. In the roof garden, we designed a 'closed loop' system to make compost with food prep waste from the kitchen next to the garden and set up a rainwater collection system. We worked with the garden club to help them experiment with techniques for growing food without using chemicals, and observe the wildlife that was attracted to the plants.

We help you create gardens based on nature's own systems of recycling waste and using available resources. We don't encourage the use of chemical pesticides or fertilisers, because they are expensive, unnecessary, and ultimately harmful to the environment gardeners try to nurture and protect.

We can teach and mentor you in the techniques of low carbon and sustainable gardening :

  • Building healthy soils
  • Companion planting
  • Worm composting & bokashi systems
  • Making and using cold heap compost
  • Right plant right place
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Making and using leaf mould
  • Harvesting all year round

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