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Resist | The Community Garden

Protected by cat & fox

The fox and the cat watching the entrance

A young garden in the hood. A young community-built garden tucked away behind old houses, with a recent eviction notice attached to it.

Most times I walk to Greenwich village I take the longer route via Royal Hill street simply because this neighborhood still feels like a community. People don’t rush, they stop for a chat, try the fresh produce in the local shop, greet and smile. It still looks like a residential area with a bit of heart, a flower shop, a couple of family friendly pubs, grocers.

The community garden popped up a few months ago. When I discovered it, on a grey late January Sunday, it still looked lovely. A big yard where everyone chipped in, brought a flower pot, a rake, a bench. And the less visible, but easily detectable additions: attention, time, patience, and care. The eviction note and ensuing quarrel on the walls is not in the least surprising. By most standards, this is a good location, and in London, that’s both a curse and a blessing.  

Given similar examples in other parts of the city, it’s a matter of time until the whole row of independent shops will be pulled down or “cosmeticized” to look like any row of stores in the western world. You know,  hotel-supermarket-hotel-corporate-flats-chain-cafe-hotel-supermarket-overpriced-fast-built-flats like.

I can only hope those in power realize that this city needs maintenance too, not just building (thank you, Mr. Vonnegut).
Oh yeah, I do know Greenwich park is nearby. It does close at sunset though, and you can’t have any humans tell stories around an open fire. Or plant mint.
This too is a form of resistance.
I hope they win.

Green fingers
Bringing the community together

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Leafless in Winter

Winter in the park

Solitary tree in Greenwich Park

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Zooming out

Trees upon sky

Sweet chestnut tree @ Greenwich Park

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Peek-a-boo

Thames walk

Royal walk, that Royal Naval College walk. Perfect sky. 24/7

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The Blue Hour

Winter walk in Greenwich Park

January sunset @ Greenwich Park Credit photo: Ancapone

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Mudlark & Seagull

Mudlark & Seagull

The perks of walking on the riverbank. Thames riverbank.
Greenwich, December 2013

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Chasing the Sunset in Greenwich

One Tree Hill sunset

One Tree Hill sunset

Grab take away food and head for the river. Wobble in the orange sun, but leave before it hits the ground. Resist temptation and walk past Trafalgar Tavern into the park. Climb One Tree Hill: venerable chestnut surrounded by significantly less tourists than the vis-à-vis Royal Observatory hill. Better vista too. Soak yourself in more sunset, then walk into the twilight across Blackheath Common. Join a local pub for sticky pud and idle talk under the starry sky.

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The sky should sell tickets #3

The hill that never disappoints @One Tree Hill in Greenwich Park

The hill that never disappoints @One Tree Hill in Greenwich Park

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