Dying to know what the final garden design might look like? Lisa Eller, from the Forest Gate Community Garden Planning and Design Team, explains what's happening so far, following a fantastic Member planning visit to the site in August...
The Forest Gate Community Garden (FGCG) Steering Group held a meeting of the planning group on 20 August 2014. The numbers were good and attendees ranged in age, ability, skill sets and background. Fellow FGCG Planing and Design Team Member Jane McCarthy, who chaired the meeting, went through the aims of the garden and presented a site plan and three possible designs as a starting point for discussion. See images below.
The group was very receptive and unanimously agreed that one of the plans presented provided an ideal starting point for the garden – see Design 1 below.
The design focuses on the centre of the space and incorporates the siting of a second-hand shipping container (previously used as an office), a play area, a water harvesting system and initial planting spaces. There were also some very exciting and constructive ideas such as constructing a green tunnel from the entrance gate to the hub, which could also be used to display sculptures and artwork by local artists.
The group also discussed the feasibility of incorporating elements from the other two plans into the garden over time and as the project expanded into the wider space. These included a wildlife pond and secluded areas for those wanting peace and quiet away from the main hub.
Jane agreed to create a more formal drawing of the plan for presentation at the launch meeting on 27 September and we're really looking forward to getting started!
FOREST GATE COMMUNITY GARDEN – SITE PLAN
|Forest Gate Community Garden – Site Plan|
FOREST GATE COMMUNITY GARDEN – CHOSEN DESIGN / INITIAL DESIGN 1
FOREST GATE COMMUNITY GARDEN – OTHER DESIGNS / INITIAL DESIGNS 2 & 3