Walking up the garden path – Talk the Walk

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Date(s) - 21/04/2010
4:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Groundwork at the Lighthouse Centre


The theme for our meeting on Wednesday 21 April 2010 co-hosted with Groundwork London, was “Walking up the Garden Pathcommunity kitchen gardens and their contribution to local health and wellbeing“.

Community Food-Growing is more popular and in-demand than ever, so how can a project put down more permanent roots? How can we ensure the sustainability of such community enterprises so they continue to be effective? Does the fight against obesity offer opportunities with links to be made with those promoting physical activity, walking and healthy eating? – Join Talk the Walk to find out more about community up-skilling and meet others who like you are tackling these challenges.


As this is an event to give as many people a chance to get to know others in the room, we limit the presentations to only a few minutes each.  Any participant that wants to address the whole room may do so – the more participants electing to do so the less time each of them has to speak!  Find out what participants suggested as key elements in making project self-sustaining here.


Presentations to be made on the evening included:

Chris Church, Mapping for Change – on local community food mapping 

Ida Fabrizio, Sustain Food up Front to Capital Growth 

Liz Hoehnke, CABE – An action plan with social landlords on improving the quality of open spaces within social housing areas. [Download presentation here]

Sarah Milner-Simmonds – Groundwork’s role in community gardening

Angela Nutt, Middle Row Community School – creating a school garden area

Kirstie Mogilner – Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens Growing Communities project

Adam Shaw, Walk Innovation – a combination of working with energy, positive focus, effective time-management and discovering the real you.

Sean Sibley, Notting Hill Housing – ‘The Grove Resident Group & Gardening Club’  Established 11th March 2010! Transforming the streets of the grove with colour and life.

Andrew Stuck, Rethinking Cities – walking and gardening two inter-twined therapies for better mental and physical health

Rokiah Yaman, Creative Health Lab – Food growing in Kentish Town


Download the list of participants here

Talk the Walk: Networking events for people promoting vibrant walkable neighbourhoods.

The format of a Talk the Walk event is fairly straightforward:

  • Meet up, and go on a walk
  • Mix and Mingle
  • Listen to a 3-5 minute presentation – up to 16 at any event – (let us know if you have something you want to talk about).
  • Ask questions – Share ideas – Create an action plan

Talk the Walk offers any participant the opportunity to speak to the whole group. The more speakers there are the less time each is given to speak.

Each Talk the Walk has a definite theme; themes have included: physical activity; emotional well-being and public space; animating public space; workplace health, retrofitting for walking; and children, play and independent mobility.

Bringing professionals from different fields together to promote walking is key to Talk the Walk, and in trying to achieve this and to keep costs to a minimum we have co-hosted Talk the Walks, with the Urban Design Group at the Arts Council, with Groundwork London, with Play England, with the London Borough of Bromley and with NHS Greenwich.  We are always keen to hear from other organisations that can offer us a venue that accommodates 40 people.

You can read about previous Talk the Walks on this wiki and find out what participants think about them.

Go to Get in Touch page to register your interest in a Talk the Walk or other Talkshops we offer form.