How it began…

The plans were laid in the summer of 2017 and work commenced in the autumn. Since then, our gardening team at the Sunflower Centre has created a kitchen garden to offer educational, well-being and mindfulness activities as well as an opportunity for local individuals to join in communal gardening.  

The garden space was designed by Elwood Amey, a local gardener and a trained homeopath, who has also run Forest Schools for children in his time.  Elwood managed and worked alongside several volunteers to transform the side plot next to the Sunflower kitchen/staffroom.  We now have a spacious outside classroom with raised beds in a series of terraces that make best use of the sloped ground.

The story continues…

Our kitchen garden has been flowering and bearing fruit for some summers now, and before the pandemic we running free gardening workshops for the local community with the help of local gardener Tom Allen. Obviously, the summer of 2020 was a different story…..

Since Spring 2021 we have been making a small start again – this time without the help of a professional gardener, but rather as a ‘share and learn by doing’ group of local residents (and Johanna from the Centre)

If you are interested in helping out or have some new ideas you’d like to share with us, please contact us by email: 


We generally meet on Thursdays afternoons to tend the garden. If you’d like to join in, please contact Johanna at manager@thesunflower or call 020 8694 2714

View information for all classes, workshops and therapies here.

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