A green oasis in the middle of the King’s Cross development
This sustainable urban garden really is a charming oasis with wild flowers, vegetables and herbs, bee hives and chicken coops. What started as a moveable vegetable garden built in skips, has grown into a community project that provides all kinds of opportunities for local young people.
Everything is built using recycled materials – mostly from the construction site – and more than a thousand hands have come together to create the garden. This is a community effort in every sense and the project brings together people of all ages and backgrounds.
You can sample delicious food, grown and prepared in the garden at the Skip Garden Kitchen and on rainy days take shelter in The Hide – a cosy Moroccan yurt with a wood burning stove.
The Skip Garden and Kitchen opens soon! Tuesday to Saturday 10 am – 4pm, pop in for a look around or a bite to eat. Join Join Global Generation for some twilight gardening, or head to one of their regular hands-on workshops, where you can learn more about all things green. See the Global Generation website for details.
A new home next to the King’s Cross Pond Club
The Skip Garden recently moved to its new home at the top of Lewis Cubitt Park and next to the natural outdoor swimming pond – The King’s Cross Pond Club. The new garden is being built in an innovative partnership with students from the Bartlett School of Architecture. You can tour the garden and learn more about the collaboration and design as part of the London Festival of Architecture. Find out more about the programme here.
Local young people, “the generators”, have worked alongside construction and office workers to build and run this urban oasis, picking up invaluable skills and connections along the way. As well as growing food, tending beehives, making furniture and creating jams from scratch, the ‘Generators’ learn how to market and sell their produce.
The project is run by Global Generation – a charity which gives young people opportunities to create a sustainable future. The garden is part-funded by the Big Lottery and the site and materials have been provided by The King’s Cross Partnership, BAM Nuttall, Carillion and Kier.
Find out more about Global Generation and get involved.
A word from one of the generators
I am currently a Year 11 student studying at South Camden Community School. I first joined Global Generation about a year ago.
It was the construction of the Skip Garden, where I realised all the magic. Businesses, students, builders, those that were so close yet so far way all became a community, working thoroughly on creating an ecological solution – a garden in a skip! I had then attended a week’s training programme, it was a rite of passage to becoming a Generator. We was educated in public speaking, developing my carpentry and gardening skills, and we all transformed into budding young event planners and hosts whilst excelling in our ability to haggle ‘pro bonos’.
Life as a Generator got more and more exciting as I began speaking at events, attending high-class functions, and getting my hands grubby whilst learning about fascinating worms.
Global Generation has given me the opportunity to work with people I would of never been able to work with before, for example The Guardian, Herbert Smith, Argent, The Co-operative and other young people in the community. Currently the new generators are beginning to delve into the world of bees, and I hope to stay on with Global Generation so I can keep on growing myself, the community, and loads more tasty vegetables!
Rachel, Global Generator