Reconnecting with nature for
personal, social and economic
May Project Gardens is an award-winning, London-based grassroots organisation.
We're here to empower marginalised groups to address poverty, disempowerment and access to resources and influence.
We provide practical, affordable, and collective solutions for people to live sustainably and challenge power structures that don't serve their interests.
We do this using what we consider universally connecting tools - nature, food and creative arts - to foster people’s personal transformation, which collectively leads to social change.
Nature is central to everything that we do. From the garden that we call home to the principles that guide our practice.
Our project started in 2007, from the council house of our Co-Founder Ian Solomon-Kawall.
He wanted to create a legacy for his late mother, whom he’d cared for his whole life, by turning her large derelict garden into a community space which was open to the public.
Seeing how healing this was at a time of immense personal pain, he wanted to mobilise others experiencing personal, social or financial hardship in the city. Thus, the current iteration of May Project Gardens was born.
Over the years, the site has become a tangible example of how people can come together, with limited resources and make a social change at a micro-level. Dozens of local volunteers have worked on the site, helping to make it into a recognised safe space and community education site in London.
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“ For me, spending time at the project has been just as powerful, if not more powerful, than a lot of the clinical interventions I've had. It's showed me the power of community.”
- Beth, Founder of Hearts and Minds
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Well, we're growing and regularly need people to support our work.
We're looking for flexible, proactive and open-minded people, who are comfortable in informal settings and diverse teams and who could support with any of the following skills: