St. Raphael’s Edible Garden
Working in partnership with local residents and businesses, Sufra NW London acquired and transformed a disused space on the estate into a thriving community garden, which already hosts a tipi, a wildlife pond, raised beds and fruit trees, and a chicken coop with 20 chickens that supply us with freshly laid eggs!
The garden is managed and maintained by a dedicated group of staff and volunteers. It’s open for the community to enjoy as a space to relax, learn and engage in community gardening activities.
We’re currently offering a range of horticulture-based activities, including:
Creative Artisanal Workshop
These sessions are designed to get young people and their parents working together to produce specialist products that make use of the produce from St. Raphael’s Edible Garden. For example, participants use scented plants, herbs, and berries from the garden to make a range of candles, soap and herbal teas.
Workshops are held on Thursdays from 4:00pm to 5:30pm during term-time
Growing Club – 11:00am to 2:00pm (during the growing season)
Wednesdays: A therapeutic space for vulnerable adults, where they can work together to sow, grow and harvest fresh produce.
Sami’s Chicken Club
Sami’s Chicken Club takes every Sunday between 10am – 2pm, and teaches the main elements in the care and maintenance of poultry – cleaning, health, protection from attack and welfare. Students will gain an awareness about the source of food, raise the self-esteem of young people by working in a team, improve chicken health and wellbeing
If you are interested in joining one of our courses or volunteering at the garden, please get in touch here.