I’ve fallen in love with a few places in London, but none so quickly as Global Generation’s Skip Garden in the heart of King’s Cross. Coal Drops Yard, Granary Square and Gasholders may be the epitome of industrial chic, but if it’s a taste of rural bliss you’re after, look no further than this thriving community garden.
I’d been plotting a visit for quite some time and as the sun was working at full wattage on Saturday, we decided to venture over to the Skip Garden before meeting up with my family. Constructed entirely from recycled materials – from the skips and crates housing leafy vegetables and wildflowers to the artfully designed bug hotel – by people of all walks of life, this is a truly remarkable community project. I particularly liked the eclectic Glasshouse Lantern, which was made of second-hand windows of all shapes and sizes, including a couple of stained glass cast-offs. Beside it, there was a narrow greenhouse with crates of various kales and mustards, some with smooth, oval leaves, others with fuzzier shoots. Brightly painted skips filled with legumes and leaves lined the south side of the garden; one of them was home to hundreds of wiggly worms, all hiding in their earthy-smelling wormeries.
If you’re in need of sustenance, there’s an on-site café which serves up homemade grub, using ingredients grown in the garden; you can also buy goodies, including honey, pickles and chutneys, to take home. (I highly recommend the blood orange and dark chocolate butter biscuit!)
Skip Garden is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm.