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Windrush Generation’s horticultural heritage to be showcased by Garden Museum

By Emily Herbert

Caption: Earline Hilda Castillo Binger at her garden in Herne Hill, photographed ahead of the project launch. Hilda came to the UK from Trinidad in 1971 to train as a nurse.

 

 

Lambeth’s Garden Museum is launching a new project aiming to preserve and share the stories of Caribbean horticultural heritage in south London.

The Caribbean Garden Heritage Project, enabled by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will tell stories about the contributions of the Windrush generation to Lambeth’s gardens.

The first stage will see local Sixth Form students recording interviews with members of the Caribbean community who keep a garden, or are involved in community gardens. The resulting oral history recordings will belong in the museum archives, where they will help the museum reflect its local community and history. 

The interviews will be accompanied by a series of photographs, to be displayed in an exhibition in the autumn. Alongside this will run a learning programme, including Caribbean cooking lessons and tropical plant drawing classes

Earline Hilda Castillo Binger (pictured) is being interviewed for the project. When Hilda moved to London from Trinidad 50 years ago, she brought with her a passion for exploring what food she could grow here. After retiring from nursing, she has been involved in Lambeth GP Food Co-op, which uses green spaces at GP surgeries in Lambeth to help local people grow their own food. Involvement in these community gardening projects allowed Hilda insight into the diversity of food growing across south London. 

 

The Garden Museum is also the site of the tomb of Captain Bligh, who first transported breadfruit from Tahiti to Jamaica. Janine Nelson, Head of Learning at the museum, noted the relevance of this history, as well as the importance of recognising its colonial roots. “This is a way of approaching the Caribbean and the story of the breadfruit from a different point of view”. 

If anyone – student or gardener – is interested in taking part they can contact [email protected]

 

Image credit: Ingrid Guyon/Fotosynthesis CIC

 

 

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