A big Thank You to our Herb Garden Volunteers!
Earlier this year, we began our search for volunteers to shape a heritage herb kitchen, inspired by everything from the kitchen plants used in Edwardian times when Stanley Arts was opened to the Asian, Caribbean and African seasonings which are popular in local cooking today.
The project ran on weekends between May – September and gave volunteers a chance to learn about gardening, connect with their community and share their experiences of food and history. This was part of our new heritage engagement programme which we’re launching to celebrate the people, past and present, who have shaped South Norwood as we approach our 120th anniversary at Stanley Arts.
Volunteers were invited to join us over a series of sessions which will include researching the history of kitchen gardens, taking cuttings and sowing seeds, supporting a community gardening event and maintaining the herb garden over the summer.
No prior experience was required to participate. Volunteers also received training during an induction day and sessions were led by a member of staff from Stanley Arts. From mid July, volunteers were welcomed to come and tend the herb garden independently although support will also continue to be available.