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 Reconnecting with nature for 

 personal, social and economic  

 transformation 

WHAT?

May Project Gardens is an award-winning, London-based grassroots organisation.

 

WHY?

We're here to empower marginalised groups to address poverty, disempowerment and access to resources and influence.

 

HOW?

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.

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  Nature is central to everything that we do. From the garden that we call home to the principles that guide our practice.  

  OUR STORY  

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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We've always got lots going on - from events, to campaigns, to work opportunities.

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  OUR WORK  

  • Our Garden is built using permaculture design and includes a herb spiral, growing beds, water butt system, compost toilet, cob oven, insulated treehouse, forest garden, ponds, an orchard and eco-built outdoor classroom.

     PERMACULTURE GARDEN 

  • Our Hip Hop Garden programme engages urban youth with nature through popular Hip Hop culture, which transcends language and cultural backgrounds.

    It’s delivered through five AQA accredited modules; Wellbeing, Food, Hip Hop, Employment & Entrepreneurship and Event Management. 

     HIP HOP GARDEN 

  • COME WE GROW

    Our Come We Grow events are an  immersive celebration of of our creative approach to environmentalism.

     

    Acclaimed musicians, DJs, artists and activists come together to awaken the eco-conscience through music, dance, art and collaboration. 

  • TRAINING & CONSULTANCY

    Our training is designed to guide businesses in how to improve their equality, diversity & inclusion practices; sustainability policies and to help fulfil their corporate and social responsibilities more effectively. 

     

    We've advised corporate partners spanning from the UK, to Europe, Asia and Australia.

  • MULTIMEDIA

    We use multimedia to engage people with our work, tell stories that challenge the mainstream media narrative and advocate for marginalised communities we work with.

     

    This includes hosting our own radio show, Come We Grow radio, and launching our own media platform, Untelevised TV.

    Tune into our podcast Untelevised:The Podcast.

 
 

  OUR IMPACT 

 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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 IN THE PRESS 

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 JOIN OUR 

 MOVEMENT 

 Like the sound of what we do and want to get involved? 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:

  OUR TEAM 

Ian Solomon - Kawall

Co-founder and Director

ian@mayproject.org

Mona Bani

Co-director and Untelevised Lead

mona@mayproject.org

Sarah Gregory

Partnerships and Communications

sarah@mayproject.org

Laurél Hadleigh

Youth Project Coordinator

laurel@mayproject.org

Dana Olarescu

Fundraising and Programme Development

team@mayproject.org

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158 Middleton Rd, Morden, SM4 6RW

May Project Gardens CIC is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered number 09903514  

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