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The Tipsy Garden at the Grape and Grain Pub, Crystal Palace


MG Mark, a key member of Crystal Palace Transition Town, writes about a great initiative in Crystal Palace., the Tipsy Garden. This is also the  venue for the next MG social on  12th June!

We took over a derelict patch of land next to the Grape and Grain Pub in Crystal Palace, one of five volunteer run gardens growing food as part of Crystal Palace Transition Town. Rachel suggested that we could call the garden the Tipsy Garden.

At first we had the idea that we could grow herbs that customers could us in there cocktails. Then we got in touch with the River Cottage Cider Chap and gained some Cider barrels to grow apple trees. Later we made contact with a local microbrewery who supplied 200 hop plants which we sold and distributed throughout all our gardens to harvest at the end of the year. Indeed, Steve Reed, our MP took part.

The Tipsy garden has been an example of recycling and upcycling. The fence has been planted with Alpine strawberries and nasturtiums. Callum, my 12 year old, and I wanted to build a transmitter obelisk so we upcycled some discarded ‘for sale’ signs, cutting the Grain out of the board and using the wooden posts for the frame. Result: an obelisk with grain and a grape to grow up it.

The garden has been a great place to take gardening with all the locals walking past.

Join MGs and guests at a social at the Grape and Grain – click here to go to the event listing

Read MG Ruth’s latest blog, Summer in the City

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