The Skip Garden is on the move once again – but it hasn’t gone far!
Global Generation (the charity behind the Skip Garden project) has opened a new community garden tucked behind the British Library. And it has a brand new name, too – The Story Garden.
Offering a green oasis in the heart of the city, The Story Garden includes a tranquil orchard, a small oak forest, and, just like the Skip Garden, lots of beds for the local community to grow herbs, vegetables and flowers.
The garden is designed to educate and inspire, with an emphasis on sustainability, looking after the natural environment, and understanding where our food comes from. There is even a fully-equipped kitchen for groups to cook and enjoy delicious meals, with ingredients sourced straight from the garden.
The Story Garden will host a number of workshops, special events, and projects throughout the year. One exciting project already in the pipeline is a collaboration with the staff and students from Central Saint Martins called MAKE, celebrating the power of making with tools, materials, and knowledge-sharing.
Plus, keep your eyes peeled for a roundhouse crafted almost entirely using stacks of straw bales and other natural materials.
The Skip Garden is set to return to the King’s Cross development with a new permanent space in 2022. In the meantime, Global Generation will still be running events for the local community in Kings Cross.
You’ll find more information about the Skip Garden move here.
Local young people, the “Generators”, have worked alongside construction workers, students and volunteers to build and run this urban oasis, picking up invaluable skills and connections along the way.
The project is run by Global Generation – a charity which gives young people opportunities to create a sustainable future. 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 away 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. I 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