Early 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.
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.
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.