Upcycling revealed at ‘secret garden’

The refurbished ‘Secret Garden’ between Balmore and Doynton Streets N19 was launched on Saturday 23 October and attended by children and staff from Brookfield School, residents from nearby streets and representatives from community groups.

Ricky Jefferson and Honey Halit – directors of Wood That Works

Community Interest Company, Wood That Works made raised beds, benches and chairs and other furniture ahead of it being used by Brookfield Primary School staff and pupils as an outdoors learning centre and growing space. It will be used as part of the curriculum and to help pupils learn about pond life and growing – with a focus on saving energy, recycling, and biodiversity. The site is also accessible to residents, (many without gardens) at certain times.

The project was supported by a grant from Power Up North London Community Energy Fund – following its earlier funding for the Feminist Orchard at Parliament Hill Girls’ School.

Director of Wood That Works, Ricky Jefferson said all the wood used is recycled and cleared of any rough edges or nails. Besides up-cycling Jefferson described cross-cycling, taking part of an old piece of furniture, and adding a new bit for strength and stability.

Wood That Works provide classes to schools, children with learning difficulties, women’s groups and young offenders and Jefferson proudly brought in a bird box made by the latter undertaking community reparation.

Fellow director Honey Halit said the organisation helps re-educate women in basic DIY-skills and builds confidence and empowerment. She explained women aren’t traditionally associated with DIY skills, or putting up shelving, but there needs to be a re-education.