Providence Row

The Myddelton House Gardens team were hard at work volunteering for Providence Row on Tuesday 27th November.

Providence Row is a homeless charity in Tower Hamlets which tackles the root causes of homelessness to help people get off, and stay off, the streets.

In 2013 the team at Providence Row transformed their garden to create an ‘urban flowering oasis’; a safe and peaceful space where their clients can escape the harsh realities of life on the streets and relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

The garden is maintained by clients via a gardening trainee scheme, this helps participants to build skills and confidence as they learn how to landscape, plant and grow vegetables alongside staff and volunteers.

During their day at Providence Row, the Myddelton House Gardens team helped in the garden and interacted with visitors to the centre. The morning was spent in the courtyard, designing and replanting mobile planters with ornamental grasses and heathers, as well as pruning and training various climbers.

In the afternoon the focus shifted to the roof garden where the team pruned and trained containerised fruit – redcurrants, whitecurrants, tayberry and blackberry. They also removed a couple of unproductive gooseberry plants and replaced them with blackcurrants.

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