Val Beirne is from our friendly neighbouring (though metaphorical) forest, Bankside Urban Forest. She shared with us her experience of creating the concept of a forest to improve public space and bring the community together.
One time local resident and artist Richard Wentworth became our first speaker at the Urban Forest School and took us on a tour of the forest and beyond.
The comedy horror movie Attack The Block was filmed in the Elephant and Castle Urban Forest so what better place to view the film. An out door screening was organised by Colorama Cinema… but unfortunately the screening became an unforseen comedy / horror (depending on your perspective) first because no DVD was available of Attack The Block, and then because police turned up demanding a screening licence. Thankfully the police left and a screening of an alternative film went ahead and the crowd of about a hundred of so were content.
Hector, a guerrilla allotment gardener from Catalan, suggested we all celebrate St Johns Day the traditional way, by eating lots of sardines. Sadly these don’t swim in the forest or indeed the nearby Thames but we’re in a well served metropolis so people brought sardines to the communal BBQ and we feasted in the dark