Rooftop ‘Garden of Eden’ to open in Dalston

A dull rooftop has been transformed into a ‘Garden of Eden’ above the busy streets of Dalston below.

The community garden on the top of the historic Print building in Ashwin Street offers a bird’s eye view and has been designed to offer an oasis of calm for people to escape the hustle and bustle of street life below them.

The Dalston Roof Park garden boasts a licensed bar, a decking area, inflatable roof, beehives, as well as gardening and event space.

The garden has been created by the training and enterprise training charity Bootstraps Company which looks after work spaces. It is on a mission to highlight the lack of green spaces in Dalston and to show the potential of city in nurturing wildlife.

A series of workshops and events are planned for the garden including pop-up restaurants, gigs, film screenings and talks. The garden will open on Saturday May 1.

Local people are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves and get involved with the management of the garden and help with the cultivation of allotments to grow plants, vegetables and herbs.

Mary Doyle, Bootstraps chairwoman said: “The community have become really involved in this project with schools, local groups, and charities coming together to create a green space for the community in the centre of Dalston. There is a real lack of green space in the area.”

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She said that the amount of open space in Dalston is only one twentieth of the National Playing Fields Association recommended standard.

Ms Doyle added: “We also want to involve as many local people as possible with the development of the garden, which will also provide an opportunity for the community to come together and engage in food growing, bee keeping and other sustainable projects.”