A group of green-fingered volunteers have been hard at work beautifying Hackney’s Overground stations.
Energy Garden is London’s urban transformation gardening project, set up in 2011. It works with community groups across the city to grow food and plants at around 30 different stations, with more than 300 active volunteers.
The organisation has a mission to aesthetically transform Rectory Road and other Hackney Overground stations – including Hackney Downs, Clapton, and Stoke Newington.
Although the project has been in the works for three years, with various levels of community involvement, this year it has seen a renewed interest due to the pandemic, with many new volunteers signing up to tend to the station’s raised beds and planters.
Kyle Baldock is the community engagement and communications lead for Energy Garden, as well as the volunteer coordinator for Rectory Road, where he oversees a group of about 25 volunteers.
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