A note from Clear Village founder Thomas Ermacora...
In the heart of an old royal park, lodged on the highest hill in greater london, is an abandonned walled kitchen garden that belonged to a manor house that has burned down.
For years, friends of the park and the borough have tried to give it a new life, as the last standing piece of a once grand mansion.
These attempts have kept the idea of a possible food growing place for the community of the neighbouring village and east london suburbs but alas has not yet found a way to become all it could be.
Recently, clear-village.org, a participatory design non-profit registered as a UK charity, has taken interest in it, in part due to Thomas Ermacora, founder and director of the organisation, having learned to appreciate the locality through his personal and professional relationship to Imogen.
The aim of Clear Village is to be a vehicle for community-life improvement by helping shape the opportunities hidden in restoring a lost piece of heritage related to local food growing and more generally sustainability and resilience education for the area.
Currently, Clear Village is fronting a bid for a Big Lottery Local Food Grant in collaboration with Friends of The Park, The Borough of Havering, Essex Wildlife Trust and more.
In order to kickstart the project Thomas and Imogen are joining forces through an artistic venture 'Heapsong3' to raise awareness of what may hopefully become a beacon for community empowerment as well as creative and cultural development.