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Hackney Pirates garden, E8

Seahorse stencilEarly in 2015 Eat Hackney visited the Hackney Pirates literacy charity to write a blog post. Impressed by their strange but effective vision of mooring a pirate ship in the heart of Dalston, we couldn’t help but notice that the yard just… wasn’t very nice. So we offered to help, thinking it might take a couple of days. It took quite a lot longer! But it has been brilliant.

James on a ladder

James on a ladder

Helena of Eat Hackney was helped by the following friends who volunteered their time: Sally (aka Drink Hackney) who did excellent painting and planter building, ace carpenter Dan who built the big planter, and Ujin and James who carried lots of very heavy plants – plus James did lots of painting and stood on top of ladders. John drove us round Hackney to pick up the plants, and Freya helped with building, painting and generally fixing. Holly, Anthony and Lilly at the Pirates had the job of collecting LOTS of London Waste compost from the ever-generous Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, and Art helped with still more compost and cheer.

Helena concentrating

Helena concentrating

We now have a gorgeous plant collection, courtesy of donations from: St Mary’s Secret Garden, Avril and Juliet of the De Beauvoir Gardeners, the Geffrye Museum, the Old Fire Station, Georgia Kuhn, Laura Donaldson, Liz Brownlees, Violane and Ping. The fantastic Forest Recycling Project provided litres of white masonry paint, and Emily from Freeusable organised for us to have beautiful timber to build a planter, reused from an Olympic art project. Brewers in Islington gave us a very generous donation of blue masonry paint and Danish oil.

Here are some pictures of our zero-budget pirate garden. We’re off to put our feet up.

Sall starts to paint

Day one: Sally starts to paint

Anthony and Holly digging compost

Anthony and Holly digging compost

 

The garden before :0(

The garden before :0( Scroll down for after

At the Forest Recycling project - free paint for community projects in Hackney!

At the Forest Recycling project – free paint for community projects in Hackney!

Fan palm from Avril at De Beauvoir Gardeners

Fan palm from Avril at De Beauvoir Gardeners

Collecting freeusable timber from the Olympic Park

Collecting Freeusable timber from the Olympic Park

Planter planning...

Planter planning…

... and building.

… and building

Nice one Sally and Freya

Nice one Sally and Freya

Riddle. What is Ruled by Wind, Moon and Us. Can you guess?? (Answer at the end)

Riddle. What is Ruled by Wind, Moon and Us? (Answer at the end)

Upcycling chairs left out on the street

Upcycling chairs left out on the street

More planning

Hmmm, more planning

Dan built this fantastic planter and bench

and Dan builds this fantastic planter and bench

Succulents from the Old Fire Station in Stokey

Succulents courtesy of the Old Fire Station, Georgia and Violane…

and a great donation from St Mary's Secret Garden

… and a big donation from St Mary’s Secret Garden

The Geffrye Museum gave us a beautiful canna lilly

The Geffrye Museum gave us a beautiful canna lilly

Stencilling

Stencilling an octopus with Brewers paint

Art collecting compost

Art with compost from Dalston Eastern Curve

Big succulent from the Old Fire Station

Big succulent from the Old Fire Station

Before once more...

Before once more…

After!

After!

What is ruled by wind, moon and us? The tide...

What is Ruled by Wind, Moon and Us? The tide…