Our Sept 2022 Member Spotlight is Glengall Wharf Garden!

Mariama Abudulai, Chair of Glengall Wharf Garden, tells us about this fantastic not for profit community organisation that cultivates food, learning and wellbeing through permaculture design and ethics…


Mariama Abudulai

Job role

Chair of Glengall Wharf Garden.

What does your organisation do?

We are an inclusive not for profit community organisation that cultivates food, learning and wellbeing through permaculture design and ethics.

We offer weekly open volunteer sessions, workshops, courses and events that are open to all.

How does your organisation support and benefit the Southwark community?

Glengall Wharf Garden offers opportunities for the local community to learn about and get involved with food growing, permaculture, gardening, DIY, beekeeping, chicken husbandry and more. With activities to suit all ages and groups, the garden offers access to a peaceful green space in the heart of Peckham which is run by and for the community.

In addition, the majority of food grown in the garden is donated to Peckham Pantry, thus providing organic, sustainable and locally grown produce to its shoppers.

What are you working on, is there anything you would like to highlight?

We are currently working on installing a classroom space in the garden so that we can offer more courses as well as schools programming. We also have a programme of free events running in the summer 2022 and are reaching out to more of the community to ensure everyone has access to the benefits of being outside and connecting to nature, themselves and each other.

Quote from a beneficiary of Glengall Wharf Garden:

“Every time I go to All Hands On Deck I leave feeling more and more confident with using tools and contributing to making the site as beautiful as it is. I didn’t have any experience before I started coming, and now I feel like I could start many projects on my own. It’s the safest place to learn really empowering and useful skills”. – Izzy.

How did you hear about Community Southwark?

We are members and receive the KUWS newsletter.

In a sentence, can you explain how Community Southwark has benefited you?

Being connected to local organisations, learning opportunities and volunteers has helped us to reach more people and impact more of the local community as well as supporting us to grow.

Would you recommend Community Southwark to other charities for support?


If yes, why?

It’s an invaluable resource for community organisations which provides useful information and connects you to the bigger local picture.

How can people get support from your organisation?

Join any of our open sessions or attend a course or workshop – they are either free or by conscious contribution with people paying what they can.

How can people find out more about what you do?

The best way to find out about our events and activities is to come down to the garden, or visit our website or Instagram page for more information. Website: www.creative-lives.org

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Feature in a Member Spotlight!

Do you want to tell everyone about the invaluable work that you do?

If so, please fill in our online spotlight form here and we will be in touch to tell you when your article will feature on our website, ebulletin and social media channels.

For any queries, please email: info@communitysouthwark.org