Urban tower-block-dwelling Errol loves to grow things; he knows he’s good at the job as his family starts running out of space in their cramped home. The green-fingered lad dreams of having a real garden to cultivate and one day discovers the perfect spot: a flat roof on top of the very block he lives in.
With the help of his Dad and small sister, he researches
and then enlists the help of all his friends and neighbours and together they draw up a plan.
Everyone has something to contribute …
and they each take on a different aspect of project garden until together they create a smashing green space that’s full of plants both edible and beautiful to look at.
What joy to be able to harvest produce from right there atop their very own place of residence
and to have a place that’s constantly changing and surprising them.
As well as a celebration of cultivating a community garden, this smashing story celebrates diversity and co-operation.
Errol is both enterprising and inspiring: a lad to emulate no matter whether you live in an urban, suburban or rural environment.
I am at present living in a house in the country with a huge garden, so I know the enormous pleasure of being able to consume home-grown produce – plums, apples, strawberries, beans, tomatoes and chard – to name just some of its bounties, for several months of the year. You can’t beat that and it’s what bursts forth from Gillian Hibbs’ super spreads.
Thoroughly recommended for families and classrooms.