The Growing Kitchen is a resident-led community garden project, situated in a quiet corner of Hoxton. A £10,000 Lottery grant seven years ago has helped to transform a disused site into a beautiful shared garden. There are 35 micro allotments, a raised stone-built seated herb area, communal foraging area with wildlife pond, and covered space with clay oven and barbecue. Members meet here for monthly meetings and use the space to stage fun events and workshops. The Growing Kitchen was created in a built-up area but has become a valued oasis of calm in which to garden, socialise and share food and ideas. In July 2013 the project received the London Local Food Hero Award and in 2014 won the NFTMO award for resident engagement, reflecting the project’s good governance work.