Maggies Garden is a community initiative that has transformed a rubbish tip into a beautiful garden.
It is located in an area behind the Hermitage Lane Bus Stop on Green Lane, Norbury. The site contains a TFL bus driver’s toilet and a small power sub-station. The rest of the area became neglected, increasingly overgrown with weeds and brambles and was a hot spot for litter, fly-tipping and graffiti.
The plot had been named Maggie’s Garden as a tribute to a local councillor, Maggie Mansell, who sadly passed away in 2019. Maggie was a very popular character in Norbury and a hard-working councillor for 25 years.
Armed with this knowledge, a group of local residents sought permission from Croydon Council to create and maintain a garden on the neglected space, and with help from a local charity Litter Free Norbury, they raised over £4,000 in donations on Go Fund Me.
A local garden designer, Margaret Woznica created a design and after 7 months of clearing, digging, weeding, planting, watering and growing seedlings it is now a stunning garden, full of pollinator friendly plants and flowers. It has it’s own water harvesting system, and bee and bird boxes.
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