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UK: ‘We had six weeks to turn a dog toilet into a community garden’

‘I keep bees in the grounds of St John’s church in Waterloo.’ Photograph: Sophia Evans for the Guardian

Carole Wright is an urban beekeeper and gardener in south London

By Jim Cable
The Guardian
June 25, 2016


I moved to the South Bank after living in a hostel for two and a half years and being essentially homeless. Within two weeks I came across a community garden off Library Street. My grandparents used to live overlooking the space but I didn’t recall a garden, so I went in. “Why have you got all these raised beds, a couple of ponds and a lovely greenhouse next to these ramshackle pre-fabs? What’s that all about?” That’s how my involvement with Bankside Open Spaces Trust began. I started by volunteering; I became a trustee and after about a year I got a job as a community gardener running after-school clubs and Saturday gardening based on food-growing.

I have a degree in graphic design from Canterbury art school, so it was momentous to learn I would be working with Tate Modern and the international artist Fritz Haeg on a project called Edible Estates. We had six weeks to turn a dog toilet into a community garden. I thought, “What have I got myself into?” but I knew all about housing estates.

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