Energy Garden, a London-wide community garden project, is transforming London Overground stations into spaces where local people can grow food while generating onsite renewable energy.
A collaboration between Repowering London, Groundwork and Transport for London, Energy Garden support communities across London to transform up to 50 London Overground platforms and stations into thriving gardens.
Hailed as the “first community project in the world to combine energy and gardening”, Energy Gardens incorporate food growing plots and solar energy, providing onsite renewable energy for lighting, water pumps and other small scale station amenities.
Energy Gardens aim to promote food and energy security, create resilient communities, improve the health and wellbeing of Londoners, increase awareness of renewable energy generation, and inspire community youth through employment opportunities and internships.
The Energy Gardens are designed according to the needs of local communities. Caledonian Road & Barnsbury station has beehives, Brondesbury Park has vegetables, and Willesden Junction has hedgerows filtering air and noise pollution.
Fresh hops from the Energy Garden at Brondesbury Park was recently used to produce an English pale ale, Energy Garden Ale. While most beers are made with dried hops, the Energy Garden Ale, which was brewed at U Brew brewery, was made from fresh golden hops.
Under the Energy Project initiative, solar arrays with a combined capacity of 2 megawatts will be installed on the sites. The income generated by these arrays will provide a revenue to support the ongoing maintenance of the gardens.
Energy Gardens are also made possible by a team of volunteers from the local community. If you would like volunteer at one of the Energy Gardens or nominate a station near you, visit the Energy Garden website.
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