Yep, that’s right. Skips. Normally associated with building sites and piles of rubbish, a social enterprise in King’s Cross has found an ingenious, sustainable new use for them… And it involves “less rubble and more rhubarb”.
Skip Garden and Kitchen has reclaimed skips from the surrounding development to grow food while its team of top chefs and volunteers are cooking it all up into tasty veggie meals to serve to eco-conscious punters. The kitchen is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am – 4pm, so it’s the perfect healthy lunch spot if you work around the area and great for a weekend brunch.
The garden is slap bang in the middle of the King’s Cross regeneration area. It’s another unexpected oasis in this concrete jungle… and a truly unique setting for a meal, encircled by apple trees, wild flowers, beehives and chicken coops. There’s also a purpose-built indoor space if the weather turns sour. It isn’t just a space for the summer, either. Last December, Skip Garden held a winter gathering around a toasty open fire serving pizzas from its very own wood burning oven.
All in all, it just might be the ultimate in sustainable urban farming. Everything is made from recycled material (mostly reclaimed from the surounding construction site), the garden is cultivated using cutting edge organic farming techniques, and the whole enterprise is focused on helping the local community.
Global Generation is the charity behind the social enterprise and its mission is to build healthy and sustainable communities that are connected to the natural world. In particular, the charity works closely with disadvantaged young people to help them develop their skills, move into employment, become community leaders and make a positive difference. The Skip Garden and Kitchen itself provides the perfect environment for Global Generation’s employability and volunteering programmes, but it’s just one of 26 community and commercial gardens the charity has co-created with local residents and businesses.
— Global Generation (@global_gen) June 16, 2017
If you want to get involved in the charity’s work – as a volunteer, business or a young person – find out more HERE. And if you want to find Skip Garden Kitchen, check out our map. Beyond the usual opening hours, it takes bookings for private parties and large groups… and there’s great events happening all the time. Subscribe to our Happy List newsletter on the homepage if you want to be the first to know about the best of them.
— Skip Garden (@skip_garden) September 15, 2016