Mark is championing Core Landscapes community garden and plant nursery following its recent relocation to the heart of Whitechapel E1.
Core Landscapes is an award-winning mental health project that aims to improve people’s mental and physical wellbeing through horticulture. It opens up previously locked up sites to create green havens for individuals and the wider local community. The project moved to its current site in Whitechapel last summer from its previous site in Canning Town.
Mark accepted an invitation to become Core Landscapes first ever patron after visiting the project before Christmas and was impressed with what he saw: From a vacant plot of land full of rubble and weeds a garden now grows with an orchard, pond, plant nursery and food growing area, all grown in moveable 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 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 and excited to have Mark as our new patron and look forward to sharing our passion of how gardens and gardening can change peoples lives for the better.