Volunteer Community Garden

(C) D.Dowling

Railway stations in London aren’t always the first place someone would think of seeing a garden. Canonbury Railway Station on London’s Overground in north London is used and seen by hundreds of people every day. Railway stations these days are often just seen as a clean utilitarian space, but the idea of juxtaposing a green space with the clean utilitarian one is an interesting idea.

(C) D.Dowling

The garden at Canonbury station is part of the ‘Energy Garden’ scheme on Transport for London’s railway network which aims to make the stations greener and more inviting spaces to wait in and is something that more railway stations would have once adopted. They have 34 locations across London having approximately 300 active volunteers before lockdown but since the lockdown a lot of older volunteers have dropped out due to Covid-19 and the fear of catching the virus. There are a variety of sites including; Enfield Town, Chingford, Surrey Quays, South Woodford and Victoria Dock.

Anyone who would like to get involved with this amazing community project, please check out their website below.


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