Energy Garden is a Community Benefit Society that supports communities to install and maintain gardens on railway stations across London. Community-owned renewable energy generates revenue to fund the gardens and education programmes.
Since 2015, Energy Garden has secured funding to negotiate legal permissions and raise finance for installations; to pay staff to oversee 34 (now 28) gardens on
railway stations; to run school and youth training programs; and to buy materials and equipment to transform schools, estates, and stations into green, health- giving spaces.
They are tackling the climate crisis through:
- Supporting local communities to install green walls, grow food, plant hedges as air quality buffers, and establish wildlife habitats that increase urban biodiversity.
- Supporting local communities to install off-grid solar systems and power station amenities like water pumps, fairy lights and phone chargers.
- First installation is underway for a 231kWh solar array on a transport depot in Streatham.
The aims of the energy gardens are to:
- raise awareness of environmental issues such as climate change, fossil fuel dependency and renewable energy solutions.
- create community infrastructure that brings inspiration, cohesion, and concrete examples of what solutions can look like.
- support communities to cultivate resilience, cohesion, innovation and hope in a time of environmental and democratic crises.
- Local community groups
- Station users
- Charitable foundations
- Corporate partners
- Local councils
- Transport providers
Find out more about Energy Garden London here