Livat Launches Community Garden in Ashcroft Square

All welcome to help grow herbs and veg in King Street's raised courtyard

The Livat community garden in Hammersmith The Livat community garden in Hammersmith

July 28, 2023

King Street's Livat has launched a Community Garden in Ashcroft Square, the raised courtyard off the first floor of the shopping centre, and is inviting the community to join in and help improve this valuable open space.

From now until October this year, the first phase of the new Livat Community Garden will include workshops on Thursdays and Saturdays, with expert gardeners on hand to help green-fingered residents grow herbs and vegetables in the square’s yellow planters.

The courtyard has had a massive makeover recently, funded jointly by the Ingka Group, owners of IKEA and H&F Council, with the surface replaced and features such as the planters and seating areas installed.

Now there are plans for further improvements, with the help of local people. Livat says everyone is welcome to join in, regardless of their gardening skills – from individuals who simply enjoy attending a single session, to those who wish to regularly contribute to the garden, and actively influence its future.

The August workshops and sessions, all taking place from 10.30am to 1pm, are on:

Saturday August 5
Weed & watering the beds
Feeding plants with fertilizer
How to control pests

Thursday August 10
Weed and watering the beds
Feeding plants with fertilizer
How to control pests

Saturday August 19
Workshop 2: How to grow veg from scraps!
How to control pests

Thursday August 24
Weed & watering the beds
Feeding plants with fertilizer
How to control pests

Thursday August 31
Harvest vegetables & herbs
Weed & watering the beds

You can find out more at here.

Ashcroft Square above the shopping centre
Ashcroft Square above the shopping centre

Downstairs in Livat’s Atrium meanwhile, the IKEA Summer Funhouse is offering free arts and crafts, games, and competitions for younger residents.

Every Wednesday in August from 11am - 5pm, a crafting workshop will show children how to create their own mini hot air balloons.

Every Friday in August, from 11am - 5pm, kids can create their own mini masterpieces, designing, detailing and decorating their artwork complete with the perfect frame, to take home and keep.

Come and join in with the gardening
Come and join in with the gardening

Every Saturday in August, from 11am - 5pm, experts will be on hand to show how to create cost-effective crafts, to proudly display at home. Fun for all the family.

There is no need to book any of these sessions, - everything is drop-in and totally free.

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