Case study: The UP Garden, Newham, London

Doing R Bit manufactured and supplied a 4.8 metre long buggy shelter with a “herb garden” roof along with a kiddies scooter rack for 7 scooters.

The UP Garden is a formerly abandoned laundry yard in an East London council estate, reclaimed by local residents to create a free-to-access upcycled community space.

It is a place for intergenerational socialisation, where everyone can learn about gardening, biodiversity and eco-sustainability.

Having a buggy park at a community garden can provide several benefits to the gardeners and the overall community. Some of the advantages include:

  1. Convenience: A buggy park offers a designated area for users to park their buggies This helps keep the garden organised and provides covered space for buggy storage.
  2. Safety: Storing buggies in a designated area reduces the risk of accidents or injuries. It promotes a safer environment for gardeners and visitors, especially for those who may have mobility challenges or children who are playing in the garden.
  3. Theft reduction: A centralised buggy park can deter theft. Visitors can feel more secure leaving their valuable buggies in a designated area, knowing that there is a level of collective responsibility for their protection.
  4. Community Engagement: The buggy park becomes a gathering point for users, fostering a sense of community and social interaction. This can enhance the overall gardening experience and create a supportive atmosphere.
  5. Environmental Considerations: Having a designated buggy park encourages sustainable practices such as active travel to the Up Garden. In addition to encourage children to travel by scooter with their families.
  6. Aesthetics: An organised buggy park contributes to the visual appeal of the community garden. By providing a designated area, the garden can maintain a neat and well-maintained appearance, enhancing the overall beauty of the space and attracting more visitors.

In summary, a buggy park in a community garden offers convenience, safety, organisation, and promotes community engagement and sustainable practices. It contributes to the overall functionality and aesthetics of the garden, making it a more enjoyable and welcoming space for all participants.

This is the herb-garden they’ve planted on top of the pram shelter provided by Doing R Bit.

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