On Saturday, 7th July all three Labour councillors, Cllr Ed Davie, Cllr Diana Morris and Cllr Lib Peck attended the opening of the Weir Community Garden on the Weir Estate.
Cllr Ed Davie said after the event: ‘It was great to attend the Weir garden opening and see all the hard work of the residents pays off. The fact that as well as us three local councillors the leader of the council, Lambeth’s mayor, Chuka Umunna MP and Val Shawcross AM were there to enjoy it shows how WERA is blazing an important trail when it comes to estate residents making improvements for themselves and their communities.
‘This garden will be a great space for people to meet, grow food, compost and just relax.
‘I just ate the salad given to me at the opening and can confirm that the garden’s first crop is delicious.’
Cllr Lib Peck added: “There’s nothing WERA can’t do, except control the weather. They have created a fantastic space and it’s a real credit to everyone who was here today who have made something which was really horrible into something absolutely lovely.”
The official opening was carried out by our London Assembly Member, Valerie Shawcross, who commended the work of the association “How fantastic it is that you’ve managed to turn something which was such a liability, into something that is such an amazing asset. The last time I came to Weir Estate was for the windows project, and I just had this lovely feeling about the Weir Estate as every time I come down here, it’s to see something getting better. One of the best assets this estate has is WERA, a group which actually sticks at things, and gets things done. So many people have contributed to the garden, all these lovely pieces of artwork, it’s not just a garden, it’s also a work of art…. as well as the herbs, vegetables and fruit, the key thing being grown here is the community… and the kids have been able to see how you can make something which is a problem into a big possibility. ”