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A one-acre permaculture project, The Castle Garden produces food for The Castle Cafe, acts as a venue for events, is an educational resource and is an important local wildlife habitat.

Our bees have been working hard this year... and now we've got some honey to show for it. Because our garden has a huge diversity of plants, our bees make particularly tasty, organic honey!  This is a lovely treat for anyone and makes a nice Christmas present.  Jars are on sale in the Cafe for £7.50.

After quitting my job in investment banking in ’06, I studied for Herbal Medicine for four years at the University of East London. Since qualifying as a herbalist with a BSc (Hons) in 2011, I’ve built up a large dispensary, consisting mainly of tinctures and dried herbs, which I source wherever possible from organic-certified suppliers.

In 2009, when we embarked on our mission to reduce our environmental impact, the first thing we did was take stock and try to measure what our impact actually was. We used 2008 as our 'base year' from which we will measure our progress. Putting together the data for the report was a mammoth task involving digging up old invoices, researching methodologies, choosing conversion factors and trying to remember what the heck we'd done the previous year. That first report highlighted the key areas of impact and we developed our Sustainability Policy and Goals.

Hi there!  It's coming to that time of year again...

Our Castle Garden bonfire this year is on Sunday, November 3rd.  Join us in the garden from 2pm to help tidy the garden and build the bonfire and wickerman.  We will light up the bonfire around 4pm.  There will be cob fired pizzas on sale in the roundhouse.

Hope to see you there!

The Castle Garden Team

P.S. This event is weather dependant.  If it's looking really bad, we may need to postpone the event. Please check the website the day before just to be sure.

Growing Communities, a Hackney-based social enterprise has won the Veg and Fruit Category at the Soil Association Organic Food awards. Food is grown in a 'patchwork farm' - a series of microsites around London, of which The Castle is one of the first.

The Castle Cafe is taking part in Urban Food Fortnight (14-29 September), an Ethical Eats and Capital Growth initiative to showcase local produce grown, produced and cooked right here in London.

We will be launching our own-brand herbal tea blends and featuring garden only dishes cooked by our chef Carolyn in The Castle Kitchen.

On the 21st and 22nd of September, visitors will have unprecedented access to The Castle and its gardens with guided tours. This year, London's biggest architecture festival, Open House London, coincides with the New River's 400th anniversary and Capital Growth's Edible Gardens Open Day.

Want to relive the best moments of the Garden Party? Maybe you couldn't make it and want to see what the fuss is about... Ben Grubb's latest video captures the great vibe of the day. We also have a photo gallery of the event.

 

Camera: Ben Grubb and Christian Lund
Edited by Ben Grubb

www.bengrubb.co.uk

1st Place at the Hackney in Bloom Awards 2013!

We are pleased to announce that the Castle's permaculture garden has won Best Food Growing Project at the Hackney in Bloom 2013 Awards.
 

This category awards projects where food growing is the main focus. Judges look for quality of produce, sustainable practices and examples of innovation. The project must also be visible to the public.
 

We are hosting a number of FREE workshops with our garden experts this summer. These are on Friday afternoons from 12pm to 1pm and are open to everyone. Please email garden@castle-climbing.co.uk if you will be attending. Why not make a day of it and stick around to volunteer in the garden and learn some new skills?

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