Location: Kings Cross, London, UK [MAP]
Designer: Global Generation
Project Type: Urban Agriculture
Completion Date: Unknown
Access: From the Kings Cross tube stop, walk towards Central Saint Martins, through to Handyside Steet. From there, look for the green leaf walls and follow the signs. Open Wednesday to Friday, 10am – 3pm (Also open Saturdays during the summer break).
Something big is happening in Kings Cross Station, London. Not only is it Europe’s largest development sites, but it is also the temporary host to the Skip Garden. Yep, this spot has literally up-cycled skips into cleverly designed, movable gardens
Run by a wonderful team at the Global Generation (http://globalgeneration.org.uk/kings-cross-skip-garden), the team is headed by the enthusiastic Silvia and encyclopedic plant knowledge Paul. The idea is simple, to give young people, ‘the generators’, an opportunity to create a more sustainable future.
They grow plants and vegetables, which are pollinated by bees they have on site, (part of the Honey Club), and the produce from the crops feed into the kitchen, where young people are learning both how to cook and work towards qualifications. All the yummy dishes created supply their onsite cafe, which has an excellent reputation.
The Skip Garden welcomes everyone to visit during opening hours (see access), but also offers hands on gardening experience during Twilight Gardening (every other Wednesday during summer). Should you be interested, please contact them to book a place.
It is such a worthwhile ‘Secret Garden’ full of happiness and positive energy. The team is so friendly and welcoming, you can’t help but feel amazed after a walk around this colourful oasis.