Leyton Orient players Marvin Bartley and Darius Henderson help to officially open a brand new community garden in Homerton, Hackney.
A community garden has been created from a small piece of land that was derelict and overgrown for many years. The local community has come together to refurbish this area to make it into a garden that has large containers suitable for growing food and plants in.
Most of the local residents of Homerton do not have the luxury of gardens, but they are now able to access this area to grow their own food and save money, or even just for somewhere to go and get their hands dirty.
Gerry Tissier, Chair of Daubeney Fields Forever, said, “It is a place that the community can come together and use the community garden to grow food, save money or just enjoy having access to a garden.”
“We really appreciated the Orient players coming to officially open the garden with us and the local children have loved playing football with them as well.
“This project is really exciting for us and the community.”
Henderson said, “It is a great idea to transform the land into a green space for the residents as most of the people that live around here do not have a garden.”
One of the children said, “I am going to try and grow some food in the garden and then once it is grown we can eat it!”
He added, “It was great to have professional footballers to open the garden. They offered to play some football with us and I scored the last minute winner in the match with them!”
Watch a video from the official opening below.