Mark is proud to be a Patron of Core Landscapes movable community garden and plant nursery, part of the award winning mental health charity Core Arts.
The fantastic Core Landscapes is an award-winning mental health project that aims to improve people’s mental and physical health through horticulture. It opens up previously locked up sites to create green havens for individuals and the wider local community. Everything is container grown designed to be movable – showcasing how gardens can be created anywhere, anyhow. The project moved to its current site in Hackney E9 last summer from its previous site in Whitechapel E1.
Mark accepted an invitation to become Core Landscapes first ever patron after visiting the project in 2017 and was impressed with what he saw: From a vacant Whitechapel plot of land full of rubble and weeds a garden grew with an orchard, pond, plant nursery and food growing area, all grown in movable containers – from Hornbeam trees to salad leaves. Mark says:
I am absolutely delighted to become their Patron, and I know there is much more we can all do to improve our cities, reduce pollutants through the use of green spaces, lower the ‘heat island’ effect, and just as important to create a community, a hub where anyone can come along, get their hands in the soil, or hammer in some nails, make new friends and be part of a truly positive and remarkable cause.
The project is looked after by committed teams of volunteers, staff and people referred to the project by health and social care clinicians: People come to learn about horticulture, meet others and give something back to the local community and in doing so improve their own mental and physical health. Nemone Mercer, Core Landscapes manager says:
We are delighted to have Mark as our patron – sharing our passion of how gardens and gardening can change peoples lives for the better, boosting mental health and wellbeing for all.
Core Landscapes Online
A range of short films by Core Landscapes’ with gardening tips and tours round garden spaces, to boost mental health and wellbeing and support you to get the most from your growing space however small it may be.