In 2016 Karen led the design and creation of a new community garden for Cultivate London in Isleworth at The Salopian Garden held on a 25-year lease by the National Trust. The garden had become completely overgrown, with a few polytunnels struggling amongst the nettles and brambles. Karen led a team of volunteers and helpers doing their community payback to create a beautiful garden bursting with productivity and beauty. They worked to clear brambles and rubbish, and then to build paths, cob oven, raised beds, decked polytunnel, wooden log cabin etc to create a little piece of paradise in Isleworth It is now used as a community space, and also trains young and old in horticulture. Jutta Wagner, co-author on The Family Kitchen Garden, drew up the plans.
Here’s a short video featuring the Salopian Garden.