This inspirational project is doing amazing work with young people. What started as a moveable vegetable garden built in skips, has grown into a community project which provides all kinds of opportunities for local young people.
The garden was created, and is looked after by ”the Generators” – the name given to the young people involved with the project – working with volunteers from Global Generation, the Guardian newspaper and King’s Cross construction workers.
The fruit and vegetables grown here are sold to local cafés and restaurants including the Guardian canteen. A line of jams and chutneys have been created, there’s a honey club, and the youngsters are making furniture using reclaimed timber from the Granary Building.
The project brings together people of all ages and backgrounds. And those involved have learnt about sustainability, construction, how to grow food, as well as how to market and sell their produce.
About the Project
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.
The garden uses local materials – and in this case that means building materials. So the gardens have been planted in upcycled skips, and the polytunnel was created using spare water pipes, scaffold netting and planks from the site.
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