Hackney Winter Night Shelter – Volunteer Lunch

Shruland TRA hosted a Hackney Winter Night Shelter thank you lunch for their volunteers at the weekend. Over 40 pizzas were baked in the community’s wood fired pizza oven and were complimented by fresh salads grown in the garden.

Hackney Winter Night Shelter (HWNS) is a volunteer-run project that provides temporary accommodation for homeless people seven nights per week during the coldest months of the year.

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The Big Glean + Chutney Machine

There were plenty of delicious bright red tomatoes in the garden this year, of all shapes and sizes. But as the evenings drew in and the record breaking, baking summer finally cooled off, ripening slowed, and for tomatoes was pretty much over. With a mild reprise even in mid November, ripening can continue, if slowly. But with this mild and often damp weather there is the increasing risk of late tomato blight spoiling those last pickings…

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Spring garden meet up and pizza firing

After one of the coldest and wettest Springs on record, optimistic Shrubland gardeners met up to survey the winter damage and plan their year ahead. There was a good sort out of the seed box, and liberal swapping of seedlings and plants between plot holders. After a long day, cheer was provided by a test firing of the community’s new wood fired pizza oven.

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Preserving vegetables

As part of the Capital Growth’s Urban Harvest, Shrubland community garden and kitchen held a preserving vegetable session in the garden. Residents led on different types of preserving. There was preserving in oil, by fermentation, in vinegar and heat.

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Shrubland loves the NHS!

On the 3rd February 12-4pm, there was a march in Central London to keep up the struggle for proper NHS funding. For those who couldn’t make it but wanted to discuss these issues and find ways to fight to defend the NHS as we know it, residents organised a village gathering on a very cold and rainy afternoon Shrubland Road.

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Halloween party is lots of scary fun

A band of wicked, well organised and hard working ghouls put on a phantastic Halloween party for Shrubland Road children at the weekend. Fancy dress, music and games, apple bobbing, … Read more

Pumpkin festival

Shrubland community garden and kitchen held a pumpkin festival to highlight all the delicious dishes we can make using pumpkins. So next time, you carve a pumpkin use the flesh … Read more


The children’s gardening club organised a ratatouille event for the children who have been involved in growing vegetables in the children’s box. Six children attended. They harvested some vegetables and … Read more

Kid’s Party

We had a lovely children’s day in June. The weather was nice and warm and sun was shining all day. The kids very much enjoyed the bouncy castle where they … Read more

Community Kitchen

The community kitchen was funded through the Big Lottery Celebrate England fund. The vision of the community kitchen is to build on the success of the community garden by bringing … Read more

Gardener’s blog

After the driest winter for 20 years, April experienced half its average rainfall. It was cold too, especially at night. Things were slow to grow – it was as if … Read more

Kid’s after-school gardening club

There is now a free after-school gardening club starting up in the garden. Aimed at primary age children 5-12 years (-ish), it’s being organised by teacher and Shrubland Road resident … Read more

Cooking and growing sessions

A series of cooking sessions, part of the cooking and growing project, is now underway, starting on Saturday 24th June and culminating with the street food festival on 23rd July. … Read more

Peter cooks up a dream

give 'em another quick stir!

When Shrubland TRA treasurer Peter Jarvis set about his growbox early in spring 2016, he had a vision: onions, potatoes, leeks, celeriac, some fresh herbs, all grown in his growbox … Read more

Mayor visits Shrubland growboxes

The new Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, dropped in to the growbox garden for an impromptu visit on a freezing January morning. Shrubland gardeners John, Marloes, Marjon and Peter were … Read more

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