Edible Rotherhithe Summer School Fundraising

Edible Rotherhithe is a new community food growing and carpentry project. Edible Rotherhithe will build and sustain a new community garden and provide, food growing & carpentry workshops that improve well being.

What is it about?

They will transform an unused area of land at the rear of a social housing estate into a thriving new community space in Rotherhithe, SE16, using polytunnel frames with raised planter beds. These will enable food growing workshops for local residents.

Edible Rotherhithe will also deliver community carpentry workshops for local residents from a 20 foot shipping container that has been sited on the land. Residents will learn basic carpentry and DIY skills to increase their confidence and provide access to other employment and training opportunities. Products made will be sold at community festivals and fetes with the proceeds reinvested in to the ‘Edible’ project.

The project will be managed by Edible Avondale SE1 C.I.C, which has successfully delivered food growing and carpentry workshops. Edible Rotherhithe are working with the Store Schools and Projects C.I.C. to deliver a series of build workshops to engage local residents which will include a building raised planter beds, seating areas and a pop up cinema.

Edible Rotherhithe Collage_optWhat the project will deliver:

  • Build new polytunnel frames with raised planter beds
  • Deliver community carpentry and food growing workshops
  • Create a new community space with seated areas & pop up cinema

Why it’s a great idea:

Edible Rotherhithe is a great idea to transform disused land. The project will primarily benefit:

  1. Residents of the Silverlock social housing estate, which serves around 3,000 people.
  2. Rotherhithe Primary School pupils
  3. Silverlock Medical Centre patients
  4. 8 to 24 year olds from Southwark Young Carers
  5. 15-18 year olds from NCS


The Challenge Edible Rotherhithe is needed for 3 reasons:

  1. Unemployment. Rotherhithe electoral ward had a higher percentage rate of Job Seeker Allowance claimants (6.3%) in 2013 than the London average (5.6%) in the same period.
  2. Obesity. Rotherhithe ward had a higher percentage of children in year 6 who were obese between 2009/10 to 2011/12 (30.4%) than the Southwark average (26.6%) and London average (22.1%) in the same period.
  3. Green space. Rotherhithe ward has a lower percentage of area that is open space (34.1%) compared to the London average (39%), and this is despite containing a 25.5 hectare public park (Southwark Park).

Steps to get it done:

  • building the polytunnel frames and raised bed planters
  • recruiting a paid tutor to deliver carpentry and D.I.Y. workshops
  • purchase tools and equipment for food growing workshops
  • building seated areas and performance space for pop up cinema


Edible Avondale SE1 C.I.C. has carried out considerable consultation and research with local community partners and stakeholders, including:

  1. Silverlock Hall Tenants and Residents Association, and local ward councillors, who fully support the project. We have attended 4 T&RA Committee meetings to date.
  2. Food growing activities delivered in Summer 2016 in partnership with Silverlock T&RA, NCS The Challenge and London College of Communication.
  3. The Store Schools and Projects C.I.C – delivery partners in this project. Three planning meetings to date.
  4. Face to face meetings and email correspondence with Silverlock Medical Practice, Rotherhithe Primary School, Southwark Council, Southwark Master Gardeners, Southwark Young Carers and local restaurants – the latter may purchase food grown in the raised beds to reinvest in the project.


  Click here to donate money to help Edible Rotherhithe


Visit Edible Avondale SE1 website or follow them on twitter

  www.edibleavondalese1.co.u   @EdibleAvondale

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