Over time, the church garden at St Peter’s Bethnal Green has been a parade ground, schoolyard and cholera pit and was initially landscaped by the first professional female landscape gardener, Fanny Rollo Wilkinson. Now, it is a vibrant community garden bounded by 200-year-old London plane trees. The church building itself is surrounded by edible and ornamental beds and these are tended by volunteer gardeners. The private garden at the Vicarage will once again open its ‘secret garden door’ leading visitors into a peaceful haven and meeting place which has been brought back into use over the last ten years.
This is a community garden project run by local residents where everything in the garden belongs to everyone and all crops are grown and shared together. A feast of organic vegetables, salads, aromatic herbs, beautiful flowers and wildlife.