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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published December 13th 2012
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Sometimes it can be all too easy to get stuck inside the house, wasting the hours away. The children are playing video games, you're trying to find something worthwhile on telly, and before you know it, the day has gone and you haven't really done anything.

When you're in the house all day, you get little exercise, and also lose contact with the outside world. Unless you love to entertain guests on a regular basis, there is not much chance to socialise.

It is not unusual these days for people to live next door to one another for years, and not even no each other's name. The sense of community spirit is not as strong as it once was, mainly because we are too busy, or concerned with our own lives.

Instead, why not visit of volunteer at your local community garden? It is a great way to meet new people, get some exercise and fresh air, and give back to the community.

Bankside Open Spaces Trust, Southwark
Tel: 020 7403 3393
Junction between King James Street & Library Street, SE1

Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, Lambeth
Tel: 020 7622 497
Brockell Park, SE24

Bromley by Bow Gardens, Tower Hamlets
Tel: 020 8709 9700
St Leonards Street, E3 3BT

Calthorpe Project, Community Garden, Camden
Tel: 020 7837 8019
258-274 Gray's Inn Road, WC1X 8LH

Capel Manor College, Enfield
Tel: 08456 122 122
Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, Middlesex, EN1 4RQ

Chiswick House Kitchen Garden, Hounslow
Tel: 44 (0) 20 8742 3905
Burlington Lane, W4

Community & Environment Project Office, Enfield
Tel: 01992 701 438
Towers Community Centre, Edmonton Green

Coram Fields, Camden
Tel: 020 7837 6138
Guildford Stree, WC1

Culpeper Community Garden, Islington
Tel: 020 7833 3951
1 Cloudesley Road, N1 0EG

Eden at St Paul's Community Garden, Lambeth
Tel: 020 7498 3810
Rectory Grove, SW4

Forest Farm Peace Garden, Redbridge
Tel: 07913 089 979
Hazelbrouck Gardens, IG6 2XL

The Green Triangle Garden, Camden
Tel: 020 7485 5001
Greencroft Garden, NW6

Growing Communities, Hackney
Tel: 020 7502 7588
The Old Fire Station, 61 Leswin Road, London N16 7NX

Hammersmith Community Gardens Association, Hammersmith & Fulham
Tel: 07890 514 050
1 Melina Road, W12 9HY

Harleyford Road Community Garden, Lambeth
Tel: 020 7485 5001
Harleyford Road, SW8

Heart Garden, Southwark
Tel: 020 7277 4297
Art in the Park, Chumleigh Gardens, Chumleigh Street, Burgess Park, SE5 0RJ

Hoxton Trust Community Garden, Hackney
Tel: 020 7729 1480
156 Hoxton Street, Hoxton, N1 6SH

King Henry's Walk Garden, Islington
Tel: 020 7923 9035
11c King Henry's Walk, N1 4NX

Maiden Lane Community Centre Garden Project, Camden
Tel: 020 7267 9586
156 St. Paul's Crescent, NW1 9XZ

Meanwhile Gardens & Mind Wildlife Garden, Kensington & Chelsea
Tel: 020 8960 4600
156 - 158 Kensal Road, W10 5BN

Mill Lane Garden Project, Camden
Tel: 020 7431 1160
West End Lane, NW6

Oasis Children's Nature Garden, Lambeth
Tel: 020 7498 2329
Corner of Larkhall Lane and Studley Rd, Stockwell, SW4 6SP

Phoenix Garden, Camden
21 Stacey Street, WC2H 8DG

Poets Corner Garden, Ealing
Tel: 020 7485 5001
Myrtle Road, W3

Roe Green Walled Garden, Brent
Tel: 020 8206 0492
Kingsbury Road, Kingsbury, NW9 9HA

Roots and Shoots Wildlife Garden, Lambeth
Tel: 020 7587 1131
Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington, SE11 6DN

St. Mary's Secret Garden, Hackney
Tel: 020 7739 2965
0 Pearson Street, E2 8EL

Sunnyside Community Garden, Islington
Tel: 020 7272 3522
Hazellville Road, N19 3LX

Sutton Ecology Centre, Sutton
Tel: 020 8770 5820
Festival Walk, Carshalton, SM5

Syndenham Gardens, Lewisham
Tel: 020 8291 1650
28a Wynell Road, SE23 2LW

The Gardens Community Garden, Haringey
Tel: 020 8374 7721
Doncaster Gardens, Stanhope Gardens, Green Lanes, N4

Walworth Garden Farm. Southwark
Tel: 020 7582 2652
206 Manor Place, Braganza Street, SE17 3BN

Waterloo Millennium Green, Lambeth
Tel: 020 7403 3393
Junction of Baylis Road and Waterloo Road
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