Fundraising appeal for ‘Dalston Pineapple House’ in popular Eastern Curve garden

The greenhouse will continue Hackney’s rich history of famous plant nurseries and tropical ‘hothouses’, say organisers

Community gardeners launched a fundraising appeal this week to help them build ‘Dalston Pineapple House’ in a green corner of Hackney.

Organisers want to construct a 30sqm greenhouse in timber, steel and glass at the north side of Dalston Eastern Curve Garden in Dalston Lane by the end of February.

The London Development Agency and Timberland Earthkeepers have contributed funds towards the project, but �10,000 still needs to be raised over the next couple of months.

Marie Murray, co-ordinator for the temporary garden, said: “We are continuing Hackney’s rich history of famous plant nurseries and tropical ‘hothouses’, by building a greenhouse for 21st century uses.

“As well as protecting delicate plants over winter and allowing us to raise herb and vegetable seeds, the Pineapple House will create a welcoming space for visitors to enjoy in colder months - pineapples are a traditional symbol of welcome. In an area with no green public space, the garden already provides a place for people in Dalston to connect with nature and it has a growing reputation for offering creative, hands on activities for learning about plants and the environment. The Pineapple House will mean we can offer a year round programme for adults and children, and develop more projects with local schools.

“The construction of the Pineapple House will be a great opportunity for young people in particular to learn building skills and gain work experience.”

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The Making Space in Dalston project, which includes the garden, has just won The Landscape Institute’s President’s Award.

“The award is very prestigious and is a great recognition of the success of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden and the whole Making Space project,” said Marie. “It’s a great vote of confidence.”

If you would like to make a donation to the Dalston Pineapple House appeal, or get involved with the building project find out more at