Walking in the Shoreditch and Brick Lane areas, you can discover the Nomadic Community Garden. It’s a community who transforms misused spaces into urban gardens where people can grow their own produce, create art, share skill sets, and discover what it means to build their own community from the bottom up. Just wander around the gardens and it is everywhere. It’s street art in its most global form, with paste ups and sculptures made out of just about anything.
The former wasteland could be found if you took a side road off Brick Lane and turned left but the park is now home to something truly beautiful.
Now, there is even a makeshift theatre that has been added to the makeshift bars and coffee shops. You can find a space that sometimes passes as an art gallery. This is an experiment in social regeneration which seems to have done its good. Left to their own devices the community has transformed what really was an unappealing area of town into a chilled-out hangout where anyone is welcome.
The garden will be there until such a time when a more permanent development will be erected on the space. It’s currently owned by Network Rail and they’ve gifted the land to be used providing there is a good community benefit in doing so. This might not last forever because however altruistic that is, in the East End of London these days the money in urban development seems to trump all.