In the peak of the summer, the garden became a blooming oasis, full of butterflies, bees, frogs, birds and more. As the autumnal days now draw in we are harvesting vegetables, herbs, flowers, seeds and roots for a variety of projects and workshops, and for future growing seasons. Sadly as the garden has come into maturity in its eighth year, we are seeing the end of our final growing season as the site is prepared to be sold for redevelopment. Many people have passed through the garden, and whether they have tended to their plot, joined a workshop, or taken inspiration, this garden has been a place of respite and nourishment for many of us. So it is a pleasure to celebrate the garden by creating The Hackney Colour Wheel, a legacy of the beauty and creativity that can thrive from tending to the land.
The Hackney Colour Wheel demonstrates the importance of communal green spaces, and the abundance within them – especially in urban environments where access to land is limited. Sharing and teaching about plant dyes is empowering and inspiring to all of us. We have engaged in conversations around nature, fashion, craft, science and sustainable practices, while contributing to the wellbeing of the community.