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Liz Kennea, My Garden (BR3)

Styles: Allotment or vegetable plot, Conservation and restoration, Organic, Wildflower, Wildlife

Soil types: Clay, Sandy

Soil drainage: Moisture-retentive, Well-drained

Light: Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade

A garden of two halves. The first, as you step out of the house is approximately 40ft and has been given over to pets, lots of them. Few plants really survive. Walk through a wonderful established pergola with Wisteria and a grape vine and you come to my garden. Unique in an urban area it is hard to describe. Made up of various odd shaped pieces of ex council land and covers a large area, over 120ft. We are enclosed on all sides by neighbouring houses. Mature plants including Hydrangea, Buddleia, Climbing Roses and Ivy. Mature fruit trees, apple, pear, cherry and quince. Vegetable garden with raised beds and large lawn with flower borders surrounding. A work in progress.

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Liz Kennea

Liz Kennea

About me
I discovered gardening when I bought my first house with a garden in 2003 and have become increasingly obsessed year on year. I realised gardening was always in my blood as I am from a family of hard working, prolific gardeners. It just took me a bit longer to catch on. In 2011 I set up a social enterprise aiming to enable people with support needs into employment. We are currently renovating a derelict plant nursery on Tripes Farm in Orpington (London/Kent). It is an amazing site with so much potential, but in need of complete renovation. I juggle this and developing the social enterprise with full time social work and my own increasingly neglected large garden. I believe, as I have experienced it, gardening and nature can restore a persons health and wellbeing.

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
Turning a 40ft patch of mud into a beautifully designed and practical garden, with space for vegetables, year round plant interest and great for wildlife.

The gardening project I am currently working on
Renovating a derelict plant nursery on Tripes Farm in Orpington. This is a huge project to include (among other things), planting a large native hedge, creating a container orchard, developing a community garden, making a wildlife pond, developing a commu

On the web
Blog: http://www.zinniacommunityenterprise.org/apps/blog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@ZinniaCE
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zinnia-Community-Enterprise/331449480292293
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXI_AwEoIOU

 

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