May Project Gardens is situated in the suburbs of Morden in South London. The Project was founded in 2009 with the aim of bringing communities closer together through ecological and ethical activities. The site has approximately 250sqm of growing space where a variety of fruits and vegetables are grown by individuals who volunteer their time to help keep the project going. The site was designed using Permaculture principles, advocating working with nature not against her to fulfil our needs, and great  emphasis is placed on reducing waste and increasing efficiency. They have a medium sized polytunnel, a small herb garden, two large main crop beds, a wildlife zone (which includes a pond and a wild flower bed), a small food forest garden and four different composting systems.

The main aim of May Project Gardens is to bring communities closer together to act collectively. The project provides access to the tools necessary to educate communities about the issues that affect the environment and as a result the effects they have on those inhabiting the planet. May Project Gardens helps to demonstrate some of the solutions to these issues and encourages all to get involve and make a difference. They hold regular open days where anyone can come along and get involve either helping out in the garden, sowing seed, weeding, harvesting … or help make some of the many produce they create at the garden namely jams, chutneys, and juices. They also deliver workshops and courses on a range of topics including permaculture, composting, using recycled wood, wild food foraging, and fruit and vegetable growing. 

This time they have asked me to run a workshop upcycling from trash to art involving clothing. I am delighted to get involved with the first community centre as planned since late 2015 delivering my first workshop next Sunday 1-5 pm. We are going to transform old cotton T-shirts into beautiful pieces of jewelry. This time it’s going to be only for their students but there are going to be more to come where you could get in.

by Cristina Morales

Cristina Morales is a London-based Spanish-born cultural activist – a transdisciplinary cultural practitioner with international experience working as researcher, writer, curator, speaker, critical pedagogue and artist at the intersection of art, psychology and politics for self and community development . She holds a Master in Arts & Culture Production from the Open University of Catalonia, and a Bachelor in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Barcelona, Spain. Known for her creative, decolonial and hence holistic approach to activism, Cristina is currently freelancing as project manager for Disability Arts Online (UK). She is the founding curator of Counterspace, and founding artist of Totem Taboo (International). She is an artist-in-residence at Design Science Studio, an incubator for revolutionary art by Buckminster Fuller Institute (San Francisco). And she is a freelance writer on decoloniality, cultural activism, and African/diaspora arts & culture, published by media such as the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London); El Mundo (Madrid); Humanities, Arts & Society (Paris); A Beautiful Resistance (Seattle); Inhabit (Global); Ouvrage (Montreal); and Radio Africa (Barcelona) | moralescristina.com