This weekend we stopped by Rochester Square garden and had a long chat with one of the guys who’s been there from the beginning.
Once home to a nursery that grew plants for the entertainment industry, the site had since been neglected for over a decade; the garden and buildings that were beginning to fall apart and degrade the surrounding neighbourhood have now been returned to a vibrant space with creative growing energy.
The greenhouses have been cleared of the knee high rubbish that had been left there, replaced with multiple spaces where both plants and people can grow. People can relax, create, make music, read in the free book corner, cook, or bring whatever project they have in conception to reality.
Everything here has been achieved without money, from the raised beds that cover the concrete ground, to the healing space yurt; a large number of old bicycles they hope will become bike powered machinery. The site is secure for the time being, the owner passed away and the government’s red tape will take time before any threat of eviction arrives. Rochester square garden has open days on Sundays, but is always open to those in need of a restorative space.