A new portacabin
It’s taken a year but we’ve finally got our new classroom space. It needs a bit of work on the inside, electricity connected and an access ramp which we’ll do over the coming months. It could also do with some inspirational decoration so it blends in nicely with the garden.
October half term programme October 2016
Closed loop food cycle – a food production, distribution and waste recycling micro system.
The project is well under way thanks to funding from the Postcode Lottery and Greggs Foundation. This has enabled us to grow a range of organic vegetables in raised beds, harvest the vegetables to create nutritious meals in our cafe, compost food waste in the anaerobic digester to create liquid fertilizer.
Homeopathy Wednesday afternoon homeopathy
From the beginning of the nineteenth century the site of the Calthorpe Project community garden had predominantly been leased to Thomas Cubitt, an eminent builder responsible for a substantial part of the construction in London.
During the 1960’s the land was purchased by the Lyon Group who had planning permission for a 70,000 square foot office development. However they went bankrupt just after they had put the office foundations on site, so Camden acquired the land. In 1980 they prepared to sell the land for offices, based on the previous outdated planning permission.
Local residents were concerned about the impact on their lives of such a large development on their doorstep and there followed a local campaign which included petitions, lobbying councilors and sending a delegation to Camden Council. The communities efforts were rewarded and in June 1983 Camden allocated money to develop the site for gardens, play space and under fives activities for the residents of Kings Cross. In 1984 the Calthorpe Project became a charity and a company limited by guarantee.
What we do
Overall aim – To provide a community centre and garden which will enable local people to improve their quality of life.
- To develop a volunteering programme including horticultural training & work placements
- To provide sustainable food growing space and programmes of environmental education
- To provide supervised activities for children aged 0-14 and their families
- To encourage the integration of diverse cultures
- To provide positive leisure activities through sport and community classes
People from all cultural and diverse backgrounds participate and enrich our activities. Our volunteer and training programme helps people learn new skills, provides opportunity for social interaction and outdoor exercise as well as offering horticultural training for adults with learning difficulties. Environmental and food growing sessions encourage and develop awareness of organic methods and composting. Bangladeshi women and older people as well as families participate growing their own food. Our 5-a-side futsal pitch provides programmes to improve health and well-being for young people as well as generating vital revenue from hiring. We provide respite from over crowded housing in our Early Years drop in and weekend play provision for children.