Working with our elders

The present garden was designed and installed in June 2018 by Permablitz London for our elders. It was filmed by Gardeners’ World and you can see the segment that appeared on the BBC by clicking here.

Sensory garden

The garden was designed to be a sensory garden, with colour from orange lilies, red canna lilies, pinks and purples from salvia, cosmos and hibiscus; scent from jasmine, lilies, philadelphus and herbs; texture from different leaves and shapes.

Food to include in the meals cooked for the elders

The garden also grows food to be cooked for the elders. We grow callaloo, corn, beans, pumpkins, tomatoes, aubergines, coriander, mint, thyme, oregano, kale, spinach among other vegetables.

Elders planting seeds

We regularly have sessions with the elders where they plant seeds. Here you can see callaloo, cucumber and beans being planted.

Growing food for cooked meals distributed to elders

In 2020 the garden has participated in Capital Growths Community Harvest and we have grown food that has been cooked for meals distributed to the elders shielding at home during the Covid-19 crisis.

Painting and planting pots of indoor bulbs for the elders

Children who regularly visit the garden painted pots and planted indoor narcissi bulbs to distribute to the elders in December 2020.

About the garden

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Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden is named after Josiah Braithwaite, who was a long standing member of Nubian Life. 


Josiah was a keen gardener and had an allotment in Fulham alongside spearheading the development and planting of our mini fruit tree orchard, at our old premises in  White City. 


The orchard is still producing fruit, although the building is not in use. As a tribute to Josiah and his contribution to Nubian Life we have named our garden after him.

It is a permaculture garden, which means it has been designed to be sustainable, ecological and wildlife friendly.

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