I'm a patient, can I join in and what's involved?

The Lambeth GP Food Co-op is an inclusive and open project for people registered with any one of the 45 GP practices in Lambeth.

If you would like to get involved in the gardening activity, make contact with your GP or the Practice Manager at the GP practice you’re registered with.

You may also turn up at any of the gardening sessions – details are available by clicking on the relevant practice in the Our GP garden communities section of this website.

Additionally, your GP may prescribe you to the gardening.

You can attend a weekly 2-hour session, normally in the middle of the day, that is supervised, often by a health professional such as a practice nurse, who will be experienced gardeners themselves.

"What I like about the gardening group is meeting people and they’re very friendly and easy-going and there’s not pressure."

Mary Coyne, Lambeth Walk Surgery Gardens

 

A conversation with Flora, Millicent and Gordon at Jenny Lee garden, November 2017

How long have you been coming here?
M: About three years.
G: I saw a leaflet advertising the GPFC gardening sessions.
M: Yes I think I received a letter from the GP surgery. Then we met at the corner surgery on Coldharbour Lane and walked over to the garden.

Why do you come here?
M: It's very enjoyable and therapeutic coming to this beautiful garden, full of trees and bird song. It's very enjoyable working outside in the fresh air. Putting things in the soil and watching them grow, you feel proud of yourself, nurturing these plants to maturity.

What are the benefits of coming here?
M: Not having a garden of our own, it's good to have the opportunity to see things grow.
G: Organic vegetables, this is key.
M: Yes organic vegetables free from pesticides. You know you are eating healthy nutritious food.

What have you grown this year?
ALL: Potatoes, tomatoes, Swiss chard, leaks, Russian and curly kale, peppers, courgettes, runner beans, cucumbers, yacon (a South American plant whose tubers are described as tasting like an underground pear: sweet, crunchy and juicy!) albino beetroot, khol rabi, chicory, lettuces, amaranth, cabbages, mustard leaves & winter salads, strawberries and herbs such as mint, basil, coriander and parsley.

What vegetables did you most enjoy eating?
G: The potatoes & tomatoes were particularly good, very flavoursome.

What are you most proud of or happy about?
G: Finally getting our wormery established!

What are your plans for next year?
M: We need to improve our bed infrastructure - replace frames & netting to keep out foxes and birds who otherwise trample and eat the produce.
G: Yes and experiment more with edible flowers, perhaps dedicate a whole bed to growing these.
F: Yes let’s do that! And it'd be great to have some sort of greenhouse/ propagator to better raise plants from seed.
G: Another idea we've had is to grow enough to be able to offer extra produce to local sheltered housing schemes, especially for their summer events.
M: Maybe they'd like to come along to our sessions and help grow them!
G: Yes, we'd love more people to join us.

 

Please donate

We need your money to help us to continue our work in 2018.

Please help us keep the Lambeth GP Food Co-op alive and thriving and enable us to build on the hard work, dedication and commitment of patients, volunteers, surgery staff and doctors and nurses.

You can donate with a card or Paypal. All donations large or small will be gratefully accepted.

Thank you

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Every penny we receive will be spent on the work of the Lambeth GP Food Co-op, which is a non profit organisation.

  • Crown Dale Medical Centre

    Where?

    61 Crown Dale, Upper Norwood, SE19 3NY

    When?

    To be confirmed

    Who to contact:

    Dr Nico Scaravilli or Sheila Ryan, Practice Manager on 0208 761 6259

  • Norwood Road

    Where?

    115 Norwood Road, SE24 9AE

    When?

    To be confirmed

    Who to contact:

    gpfoodcoop@gmail.com 

  • Beckett House Surgery

    Where?

    Grantham Road, Stockwell, London SW9 9DL 

    When?

    Wednesdays 10.00am – 12.00pm

    Who to contact:

    Luz Franco or talk to the practice manager.

  • Corner Surgery

    Where?

    99 Coldharbour Lane, London SE5 9ES

    Garden at Jennie Lee House, King's College Hospital, de Crespigny Road, London SE5 8AD

    When?

    Wednesdays 10.00am – 12.00pm

    Who to contact:

    Carine Ndive on 0207 274 4507 or Dr David Wickstead

  • Clapham Park Group Practice

    Where?

    72 Clarence Avenue, Clapham, SW4 8JP

    When?

    To be confirmed

    Who to contact:

    Rebecca Macnair or talk to the Practice Manager

  • Gracefield Gardens/Streatham High Practice

    Where?

    2-8 Gracefield Gardens, SW16 2ST

    Inside main foyer

    When?

    Tuesdays 10am to 11am

    Who to contact:

    gpfoodcoop@gmail.com

  • Grantham Practice

    Where?

    Grantham Road, Stockwell, London SW9 9DL

    When?

    Wednesdays 10.00am – 12.00pm

    Who to contact:

    Dr Mohah Sharaf on 0207 733 6191

  • King's College Hospital

    Where?

    Jennie Lee Garden, De Crespigny Park Road, SE5 9RS

    When?

    Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm

    Who to contact:

    Carine Ndive on 0207 274 4507 or gpfoodcoop@gmail.com

    Lambeth GP Food Co-op also holds monthly stall at King’s college hospital. For more detail, please click here. 

     

  • Lambeth Walk Group Practice

    Where?

    5 Lambeth Walk, London, SE11 6SP 

    When?

    Tuesdays 14.00am – 16.00pm

    Who to contact:

    Email Dr Rajiv Mitra at r.mitra@nhs.net 

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