Rainbow Grow is a Hackney-based, LGBTQI+ led community gardening initiative. We are open to all those who support our aim of providing a friendly space for members of the LGBTQI+ community to grow and learn to grow edible plants in an urban environment. We meet weekly throughout the year.
We are a friendly, mixed group who grow edible plants, provide gardening support within the group and to others, host social events, arrange gardening-related outings, and at times cook & eat together. We are interested in skill sharing with other groups and individuals. This includes leading foraging walks, cooking healthy meals with what is grown, and making jam and preserves.
We have a special interest in growing differently coloured vegetables and those considered heirloom or heritage. We indulge in gardening all year ‘round.
Rainbow Grow has been gardening together since April 2017. Since mid-April 2018 we have been based at Hackney CVS (24-30 Dalston Lane). With lots of hard work and community participation in a short space of time we turned this neglected courtyard into productive and very attractive garden. It is now very well used by our membership, HCVS staff and everyone using the building.
We are hoping to set up a new LGBTQI+ led community garden in Hackney and are currently looking for a potential new base. Almost anything considered but we need access to water and secure fencing as we grow plants to consume. Ideally, any new garden would be in central area of the borough with good transport links. We would like it to be accessible and not directly on a major road. Do you know somewhere that might suit us? If so, please get in touch.
On 23 April we launched a Crowdfunding Campaign to help fund the construction of a specially commissioned arc-shaped planter (our rainbow), which was used as part of our raised-bed garden at Hampton Court (July 2018) and later will be the centrepiece of our more permanent community garden.
In advance of our participation in the RHS Hampton Court palace Flower Show we held pop-up plant a pansy sessions at various locations in Hackney. There are some photos of this our Facebook Page. Without even realising we were part of any competition, we managed to win a Bronze Medal for our edible mini-garden, Growing from Prejudice to Pride, which incorporated a rainbow shaped planter (designed by Clair Battaglino) and sculptures by Judith Glynn.