Everything's coming up roses for Roe Green

26 January 2017

Stumpery in Roe Green

A community group in Brent is celebrating after winning a national award for gardening innovation.


Roe Green Walled Garden in Kingsbury was one of only fifteen parks and gardens from across the country to receive the Green Flag Innovation award, out of well over 1000 applicants. The award was set up to recognise the gardens that have made changes to bring outstanding benefits to their local community.


Volunteers at the garden worked together with a group of sixteen to eighteen year olds from the Headstart programme, part of the National Citizenship Scheme, on a project to create a stumpery. The eighteen young people got stuck in digging stumps and planting ferns to produce a display that has already become a popular habitat for wildlife.


Similar to a rock garden, a stumpery instead uses parts of a tree to create an artistic design.


Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Environment, said

"Huge congratulations to the Barn Hill Conservation Group and Headstart volunteers! It's great to see the whole community getting together to develop this wonderful green space. Innovation like this will help nurture our precious open spaces for residents and wildlife to enjoy."