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Soil delivery for Angel canal garden unearths fresh interest from volunteers

The towpath planters filled with soil, ready for pupils and residents to plant them up, below

Published: 14 March, 2014
by PETER YEUNG

A STRIP of the Regent’s Canal in Angel, newly christened the Hanover School Towpath Community Garden, received a makeover from around 100 people including pupils and residents on Saturday.

The volunteers received 16 tonnes of new soil for the garden, funded by a grant from the Greater London Authority as part of the Transform Pocket Parks programme.

They also received a £5,000 donation from Friends of the Canal & River Trust, which will help pay for a wild garden, an array of colourful flowers and edible produce, such as chillies and green beans.

The Parents’ Association and teachers were eager to use the previously unloved patch by City Road Lock, to provide a learning experience for pupils and strengthen community ties.

Amanda Reese, headteacher at Hanover for nearly seven years, believes that the experience will teach valuable lessons to the children.

“They will have the feeling that what they are doing is contributing to where they live and the community in general,” she said.

Susie Fogg, a parent with two children at the school and one of the leaders of the scheme, said: “It might be called the Hanover School Tow-path Garden, but it’s actually much more than that. We’ve been in touch with local businesses, local residents – they don’t have to be involved with the school. Even just people cycling past have stopped to get involved.”

Mrs Fogg added: “It makes the children realise that they can have an influence on the world around them – they know what it was like two months ago and they can see what it’s like now”

Work on the construction of the garden began in February with the installation of wooden planters, and the process is expected to be completed by early summer.

Jon Guest, Waterway Manager for London at the Canal & River Trust, was positive about the scheme’s potential, suggesting: “If we can do things like this all along the canal, then we can actually transform it.”

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