Grey to green in East London

Met Volunteer Police Cadets and residents transformed an unused courtyard in East London into a new community garden this summer



Met Police volunteers with Amber Court residents
The residents at Amber Court in Stratford set up a new gardening club, and with the help of RHS Community Outreach Advisor, Chris Young, set about refreshing their shared outdoor space. Residents got stuck in to nurture a variety of fruits, vegetables and ornamental flowers to create a welcoming and tranquil space for all to enjoy.

Amber Court is one of more than 40 groups across the UK which received financial support and RHS advice to turn previously unloved sites into vibrant community areas, as part of the RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign, supported by M&G Investments (Photo credits: RHS/Luke MacGregor).

Enjoying tomatoesPicking tomatoes from the vine Constructing wildlife friendly bird boxes Bird boxes ready to hang up

Tidying a border Doing some weeding

"At Amber Court it’s all about empowering people to live as independently as possible. The project has encouraged those who live here to use the garden more, get outside and get involved. They also use it as a place to sit and relax and are interested in what’s being grown." Paul Evans from Genesis Housing.

Weeding a border

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.