The Voice ‐ August 2019
Comment by Geoff
The East London Garden Society has always believed in campaigning for a better garden environment in east London, so when notified of the possibility to have the largest forest garden in Europe, as well as having a green connection through east London from Bishopsgate to Newham, we just had to be involved.
We have now spoken to all the stakeholders, who wish us well, and have offered us assistance. We are therefore seizing this unique opportunity which will benefit all of us.
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House Plants that Heal
Houseplants can do more than just make your shelves look brighter. They can also boost your mood, enhance your creativity, reduce your stress levels, increase your productivity, bring you tranquillity, maintain indoor humidity levels, produce oxygen and naturally filter air pollutants.
Growing Turmeric and Ginger
Turmeric can be grown in garden beds or wide containers. The soil should not be water retaining because it will rot the rhizomes and will reduce the yield.
Ginger is low maintenance, loves partial sunlight and can even be grown indoors.
The Great Eastern Parks Route
The possibility of having The Shoreditch Forest Garden to be established next to The City of London is gaining momentum.
However, there is a greater benefit for humanity by working with nature for all to enjoy The Great Eastern Parks Route.
The Great Eastern Parks Route will commence in the City of London and culminate via many parks, gardens, canals and rivers through east London before it finally greets the River Thames five miles to the east.
Along this route are many historical elements such as the oldest working mill at Three Mills, The Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park and Cody Dock where devoted campaigners are determined to turn their area into a brackish adventure for all, encompassing the wildlife as well as the flora of where the River Lea meets the River Thames.
Victoria Park, created as a respite for the local population in 1845, is a large feature within the route and is now a major venue for many events.
Mile End Park, a bio‐diverse park, Meath Gardens, where The Friends of Meath Gardens are endeavouring to transform the gardens to fit the name and a recently re‐enacted Friends of Weavers Fields are just part of the equation to make east London more amenable for all.
However, the project is a challenge since we need agreement between all land owners, the most important being Network Rail who own the link which connects the system, much of which is a rail viaduct. Back to top
Patterns of Nature
We always assume that nature will take its course. However, with a little kindness from humanity we are all able to share in its beauty. Back to top
Most of us have experienced the positive results of immersing ourselves in nature and being enveloped by trees. We experience an immediate relaxation, an ability to forget our problems and often a profound awe at nature’s secrets.
The documentary ‘Call of The Forest ‐ The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees’ adds to the scientifically supported psychological and physiological effects associated with spending time in the woods. It shows how trees and forests intricately affect the land, sea and air around them and are essential to flora and fauna. See how Back to top
A small deciduous tree or large shrub that bears fruit, the Punica granatum, commonly known as the pomegranate, is a super food with a long and rich history.
Native to the East, it can be traced through historical documents as far back as 4000 BC.
Cooking in a Different Way
Quinoa, Sweet Potato, Pomegranate and Lime Salad
- ⅔ of a cup of rinsed quinoa
- 1 medium sweet potato diced (approx. 3 cups)
- 2 handfuls of rocket
- Seeds of 1 pomegranate
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp mint finely shredded
- 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- ½ tsp ground cumin
Toss the sweet potato in a little oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in a preheated oven at 170C (350F) for 25 to 30 minutes until tender.
Boil the quinoa in one and a third cups of water for 12 to 15 minutes until tender. Once cooked take off the heat and allow to cool.
In a large bowl combine the quinoa, sweet potato chunks and rocket. Divide the salad between two plates. Scatter each with the pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds and mint.
In a small bowl mix the pomegranate molasses, lime juice and ground cumin. Season the dressing and drizzle over the two salads before serving. Back to top