Despite unpromising weather, around 30 hardy souls turned out to celebrate the first anniversary of the Sensible Garden in South Norwood on Sunday afternoon.
Members of the South Norwood Tourist Board, Crystal Palace Transition Town and local residents enjoyed calypso tunes, and lots of generously contributed food and drink in the brightly decorated community garden.
Passing bus drivers were slightly bemused when offered birthday cake.
The Sensible Garden was the work of the Transition Town and Tourist Board regulars, and was opened last summer in a flurry of frivolity by the eponymous Captain Sensible. The Garden is just across the road from the Captain’s old school, what was once Stanley Tech and which gets a name check in his song, “Croydon”.
Today, Robert Gibson, one of the garden’s founders, said: “This little patch of transformed waste ground has generated so much positive energy.
“We were astounded by the kindness of strangers when we were donated three bottles of wine and a bottle of Jack Daniels by a man and his family who were from the neighbouring apartments.
“He said he really admired the work put into the garden which had so improved the view for his family.”
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