St. Raphael’s Edible Garden





Our beautiful Community Garden emerged from a local campaign by residents to develop a food growing project for the community. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, St. Raphael’s Edible Garden now has a teaching tipi, a chicken coup, a wildlife pond, a fruit tree orchard, compost bins, plenty of raised beds and a stunning pergola.

Although the garden is managed and run by Sufra NW London, it is here to benefit the community. The garden provides a therapeutic space from where we can invest in the skills, health and wellbeing of local people whilst improving the appearance of the estate and giving residents an opportunity to come together, have fun and grow food.

Apart from producing a wide range of fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs that can be distributed at our Food Bank or used to prepare food in our Community Kitchen, we usually run a wide range of services and activities available for anyone who wants to get involved.

Opening times

The garden is currently open to the public Monday-Saturday 10pm to 4pm. Our garden volunteering sessions currently run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The garden is closed on Fridays and Sundays. Please do not remove any produce without asking for permission. The food we grow is also available to purchase at our pay-as-you-feel Community Garden Market on Saturdays (more info below).

Courses and Activities 

We’veorganiseda number ofFREE fun andcreative horticulturalactivities to supportlocal residentsour food bank guests and people withadditionalsupport needs. Registration in advance is required.If you are interested in any of the below and would like more information, please contact 

Growing Club 

Participantsin our Growing Club willget tosow and grow a range of vegetables from scratch whilstlearningabout allaspects of growing,from soil quality to pest control.Combining elements of social horticultural therapy, attendees will be encouraged to engage their senses by getting their hands dirty! 

Register here:  

This is a 4–week course which will take place on Saturdays from 10am to 12pm – starting June 25th 2022

Chicken Club  

Where do chickens sleep? How many eggs can they lay? Can chickens fly? Ifyourecuriousto find out,we have the answers! Join our weeklyAQA accreditedChicken Clubto learn about chicken origins, social behaviours, starting a family, feeding, chicken welfare and managing abroodof chickens.Suitable for families and young people, butthose under the age of15mustbe accompanied by an adult. 

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This is a 4–week course which will take place on  Saturdays from 1pm to 3pm – starting June 25th 2022

Forest Academy  (Children aged 7–11 & 12-16) – £10 refundable deposit required: 

With the support of funding from Brent Council, we have developed a FREE Forest School programme for children aged 7-11 & 12-16. Forest Schools are an amazing opportunity for children to develop their knowledge and skillsin a natural outdoor environment. The academy encourages children to challenge themselves and take risks safely. Typical activitiesinclude:cooking over acampfire, exploring, buildingoutdoorshelters,whittling, sensory walks, foraging, nature art and much, much more! 

This is a 6–week course which will take place on Sundays from 2pm to 4pm 

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Mums and Tots Gardening

Come along and bring you little ones to a friendly session to garden, chat and share experiences.

Starting Thursday 5th May 2022 from 10am-12pm

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Composting Group

Join our weekly composting group – explore ways to reduce food waste and create our own growing compost. Read more about the course here:  Together Towards Zero – Sufra’s New Composting Programme (

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Starting Thursday 28th May 2022 from 2pm-4pm

Garden Market: