New community garden opens in Harlesden
PUBLISHED: 12:11 15 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:11 15 September 2015
Budding gardeners and their green-fingered families gathered in Harlesden on Saturday to celebrate the revival of a new community green space.
Dozens of families enjoyed free face-painting, a bouncy castle and flower potting at the official launch event of the Harlesden town garden project in Challenge Close, St Mary’s road.
Friends of Harlesden town garden, along with community group LIFT and park co-ordinator Gabriel Parfitt have spent two years transforming the green space -which was formerly a ‘no-go’ area used by street drinkers and sex workers- into a community garden.
Bridget Geehan, who came with daughter Eilis, 4, said: “I didn’t even know this little park existed until today and now I have put my name down with two friends to tend one of the raised beds.
“It’s great to see how the hard work of Friends of Harlesden Team has reclaimed this space for local families.”
Dignitaries including leader of Brent Council Mohammed Butt and Mayor of Brent Councillor Lesley Jones joined in the festivities.
Gabriel Parfitt, co-ordinator of Harlesden Town Garden project said the day-long event, which included lessons from professional graffiti artists to help children brighten up the surroundings, was intended to help residents engage with bio-diversity, healthy eating and build new skills to set them on their way to becoming “local superheroes”.
Mr Parfitt said: “Community members who have lacked access to local green space and have been concerned about anti-social behaviour will feel safer, more connected to other local people, and better able to engage in outdoor activities near their home and feel there is an outdoor space that belongs to them – where they can garden, meet with neighbours, exercise, learn about nature, or just enjoy being in a quiet green space.”