Global Generation

Growing community

Global Generation has been connecting people of all ages to nature in the middle of the city for nearly two decades. In 2018, they developed a Story Garden on an acre of land at the British Library. The once empty brownfield site is now a flourishing community garden offering green space in an area that has very little – Somers Town.

In 2020 we funded Growing Together in the Story Garden (more info here). And our 2022 grant of £25,000 will extend that project. Growing Together, Learning Together grows food that is distributed to those in need and builds community and knowledge.

  • Global Generation has worked with more than 4,500 local children, young people and their families since 2004.
  • 650 adults and nearly 300 children and young people helped to design and build their Story Garden.
  • Global Generation runs three gardens in London: the Story Garden, one in Canada Water and one on a barge.

Feeding mind and body

Our grant will allow the Story Garden to run 45 supported gardening and work experience sessions including four with young adults with learning disabilities or difficulties. Weekly one-to-one or small group supported learning and gardening sessions will be available for young refugees, and two local schools will benefit from 50 nature and nurture sessions.

The Story Garden is committed to growing as much food as possible to provide vegetables to the local foodbank. Our grant will fund staff to manage the harvest, supplementing 60 families’ diets with fresh produce. Around 75 Somers Town residents who don’t have access to green spaces at home will learn how to grow their own food. These newly skilled gardeners will produce fresh food for their families and friends and use their knowledge to create green spaces in their neighbourhood through community outreach programmes.

“Our time in the Story Garden has given us the opportunity to get together, learn together, and to do so much in a short time. It has made our children smile after passing through such difficult circumstances”.

Hama, refugee and Story Garden participant

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