A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
Is anyone interested in communal herb-growing on the Bowes Park station platform? Herbs would be grown in large pots, weeded and watered by commuters and harvested as needed by them on their weary way home..
This is being done successfully by the 'Incredible Edible Todmorden' project in Yorkshire - see photo at (http://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk/projects/community-her...)
Capital First Connect who run the station are open to the idea in principle, and would like to see plans. Sustainable Bowes Park has some money left over from the Enfield Residents Priority Fund to pay for pots and seeds; the most important factor is volunteer labour!
The containers would be large and heavy enough to be immovable by any mischief-makers, waist-high for easy access, and filled one-third hard core (at the bottom), one-third with polystyrene as a filler, and the top third with compost and water-retaining crystals. Then planted with drought-tolerant Mediterranean types (rosemary, thyme etc).
Water may need to be carried to the station, depending on whether tenants/staff can supply it. Weeding would ideally be done by regular station users while they wait for their train in the mornings.
Please let me know if you can offer any watering/weeding help, or have any comments or suggestions.
Thanks very much,
for Sustainable Bowes Park