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Re-using Chelsea-so where is all this free stuff ending up?
May 31, 2010, 8:01 pm
Filed under: chelsea, reuse

Growing Southwark/LCRN the facilitators of the ‘Re-use Chelsea’ project would like to keep a log and photos of where all the items from the ‘Re-use Scheme’ at Chelsea are ending up….The RHS Chelsea Flower Show was amazing this year and there are lots of wonderful materials available for distribution to non-funded growing groups across London:

So let’s start here from Ruskin Park Community Garden:

hi gardeners,
thanks so much to everyone who came yesterday! we planted up most of the vegetables from the eden project, finished digging the rest of the beds, and started sieving them. the garden is looking great and abundant – we have spinach, rocket, chard, tomatoes, beans, pumpkin, crown prince squash, broccoli, cabbage, cavolo nero, broad beans, corn, beetroot, carrots, lettuce, basil, coriander, rosemary, thyme, and oregano. and i’m probably forgetting something.
we have organised a watering rota – thanks to all who have signed up.
we’ll have a dig day wednesday 3-5pm so we can sieve enough of the beds to plant up the rest of the seedlings. i have a big box of seeds so we can then start growing from seed, and we have some jerusalem artichokes to plant. there’s a fair amount of interest in potatoes so i’ll get some as well.
all the best,
p.s. photos on


Applying for the resources being redistributed to London from the RHS Chelsea flower show as part of the ‘Re-use Chelsea’ project being coordinated by Growing Southwark and LCRN
May 22, 2010, 2:29 pm
Filed under: chelsea, reuse, Uncategorized

Are you part of a community group that is looking for material to start your growing project but can’t afford to buy new items? Then we may be able to help you. LCRN and Growing Southwark are working together with the Royal Horticultural Society to capture as much unwanted material from the gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show as possible in order to redistribute to groups in need. With the help of dedicated volunteers, we will spend the week after the show ends to collect timber, compost, woodchip, bricks and plenty of other gardening material that would otherwise go to landfill. Then, from early June, the material will be offered for free to eligible community groups. The criteria are simple: your growing project must be open to the general public within your community and we will prioritise groups that have little or no funding; you will also need to arrange your own transport.

To find out more or to get a copy of the application form, please contact Edouard Guidon at LCRN on 020 7324 4703 or at or download it from here and email it to Edouard.RHS Chelsea material distribution form 2010

Help Growing Southwark Re-use the Chelsea Flower Show!
May 18, 2010, 9:23 pm
Filed under: chelsea, reuse, Uncategorized

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Growing Southwark/LCRN Reuse Scheme has received a wonderful collection of Plants from The Eden Project also other exhibitors have donated bricks, mortar, sand and wood. We need help moving it all to our distribution point, in Peckham. If you have a van and can get to the Show Ground between 8am and 7pm on Friday 20th May, Saturday 21st,Sunday 22nd please call Lesley on 07972687930 If you can volunteer this weekend then again please call or email Lesley.

This is a non-funded project.

Volunteer at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
May 11, 2010, 3:19 pm
Filed under: chelsea, recycling, reuse, Uncategorized

Growing Southwark in conjunction with the London Community Resource Network have for the second year been asked to help ensure all items used in display gardens don’t end up in landfill but are collected, stored and then distributed to growing groups across London.

This is your opportunity to help support the ‘re-use’ of all items used in the display gardens at Chelsea! Volunteer by filling out this form: RHS Chelsea volunteer application form 2010 -final 1, please say where you got the form from i.e. this blog! and how you heard about it. We need people before and after the show; to promote the re-use scheme and then get the hardware onto transport to our storage site.

If you have access to any transport to help shift items to our site especially lorries with HiAB’s this is your opportunity as a business to help re-use Chelsea, please email if you can help with transport.

Who benefits: Those growing groups with no funding will have first dibs-watch out here for a form to apply for items for Chelsea for your group.

Follow the build up to Chelsea on the RHS blog: