Zander Court Community Garden is based in a small community building amidst a sizeable 1970s brick-built estate on the Tower Hamlets/Hackney border. Zander is a fish and all the estates around have a fishy name - literally they include Mullet, Grayling, Lampern, Elver and Zander - most of which are river fish and not varieties you find very often in local fishmongers. The Garden Club punches well above its weight though and has diversified its operations across the local landscape to include estate gardens, the nearby secondary school and church.
|Test beds have been marked out in the churchyard garden|
|A violet, Victorian rose looks down on proceedings|
A fascinating research project into dry space is taking place in the nearby St Peter's churchyard. Test beds have been marked out in the churchyard garden and are being carefully monitored to see what grows well and where. The site is very typical of dry shade, so often a concern in London gardens, but especially so here under the massive London plane trees which abound. The aim of the test beds is to engage with the conditions, not fight them, and to take into account both the plants used and how they are managed. Three giant compost containers are being built by Price Waterhouse Coopers, to ensure there will be a future, sustainable source of food for the dry soil. From above on a slate-clad wall, a violet, Victorian rose looks down on proceedings.