Residents on one side of this space first worked with TTW to create two fruit beds in 2017 containing blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries. The beds were created much like those in Corams Lane beforehand with wooden edges and weed suppressant membrane with woodchip on top.
Residents then on the other side approached TTW asking us to manage the whole space because they could see the potential for the grassy space to be a wildflower meadow. They were upset when the council cut the grass when its tolerant lawn wildflowers such as common catsear and clover were in full flower. Barely any grass grew here and the sweet chestnut tree had to be replanted three times because previous trees died, due to the poor soil here. We think that the builders used this space to dump hardcore and also as a parking space when the houses were built, adding a thin layer of topsoil when the housing estate was finished.
The gooseberries didn’t do too well, and in spring 2022 were replaced with herbs of rosemary, lavender and sage, in the hope these will favour the poor soil. As we’ve described in the Corams Lane site design section, we have since removed the weed suppressant fabric and applied compost, to help improve the soil the fruit bushes grow in to increase yield.