This video was produced by Capital Growth. It records the contributions of different community gardens during the Covid crisis. Jazz Browne, CEO of Nubian Life is interviewed about the work at the Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden.

Ecological wildlife-friendly garden

Welcome to our Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden. The garden provides a diverse range of edible plants with plenty of benefits for wildlife.

The Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden was established as a collaboration between Nubian Life, Permablitz London and Living Medicine.


The garden has a permaculture design and was installed by Permablitz London and filmed by BBC Gardeners’ World and broadcast in June 2018. The garden is one of Permablitz London’s showcase gardens.

Find us at 50 Ellerslie Road, London W12 7BW.

Gardening Clubs

You will be very welcome to join us at any of these events in the garden. Let us know you are coming by emailing so we know how many to expect for lunch. Hope to see you soon.


Saturday 19th March 11.30am-2pm
We are going to be making fermented vegetables today so come along to find out how. We’ll also be planting seeds for vegetables and flowers and we’ll have seeds to share. Please join us for a simple lunch.

Sunday 27th March 11.30am-1.30pm
At 11.30am there will be a garden tour to explain all the plants in the garden that are emerging in spring including which parts are edible and the benefits they offer wildlife. There will also be a plant treasure hunt for the children. We will have refreshments available.

Saturday 2nd April 11.30am-2pm
We are going to be preparing for the permablitz on Sunday 10th April, which will involve dismantling some pallets in preparation for making some new planters at the permablitz. We will also be making some hoverfly lagoons (these are nurseries for young hoverflies, which are crucial pollinators for fruit trees and bushes).

Permablitz at the garden:
Sunday 10th April 10.30am-4.30pm

This permablitz will be a day of working together to create new planters for the garden made out of recycled pallets. The planters will contain a reservoir of water at the base to ensure the plants have access to water through the summer. We will also be installing a half barrel pond and adding stenciling using paint to the existing planters.

We will have mini-workshops on recycling pallets, wicking planters and designing a pond.

There will be pond dipping for children, painting for them to do and storytelling.

Permablitzes are based on the principle of reciprocity so once you have attended three permablitzes you can have one in your own space. You can find out more about permablitzes here:

Growing Together is a project where we grow fruit, vegetables and flowers together. We will be continuing the project in 2022. We have free seeds that you can collect to start growing and we will support you with online workshops to explain what to do. We want to grow together on windowsills, balconies or in gardens, sharing our experiences and knowledge.

The project is part of Capital Growth’s Community Harvest and we have grown food for Asian and African Caribbean elders as well as for people in the local community.

More details here

Children’s Education

Free children’s outdoor growing, cooking and craft education

We include children's activities at the gardening clubs. Recent children's activities include:

Making felt bowls, making pancakes, making pizza, drawing, learning about carrots. 

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