Hackney top 5: community gardens

From beans and beehives to workshops and wigloos, here are the best of Hackney’s community gardens.

Cordwainers Garden

This strip of land at the fashion college has been turned into a great veg garden. They run plant and seed sales, workshops and digging days. London College of Fashion, 182 Mare Street E8 3RE, @CordwainersGrow; open for events only

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

An inspiring slice of greenery in urban Dalston on the old Eastern Curve railway line. There’s a café, a pizza oven, abundant veg and herb beds and a fantastic programme of cultural and craft events. 13 Dalston Lane E8 3DF, dalstongarden.org; daily 11am–dusk (11pm in summer); volunteer Sat 2–6pm

Hoxton Community Garden

Streetside garden with a hollow caused by a World War Two bomb. It’s maintained by Hoxton Trust volunteers (p84) and has a butterfly farm under the clock tower, fruit trees and a wigloo (willow shelter) for kids. 156 Hoxton Street N1 6SH, hoxtontrust.org; daily dawn–dusk

St Mary’s Secret Garden

With head-high veg, flowers and herbs and a row of busy beehives, this garden provides training and a nurturing environment for people with learning difficulties. It is dotted with beautifully produced mesostic poems created by local kids with the Ministry of Stories. 50 Pearson Street E2 8EL, stmaryssecretgarden.org.uk, Mon–Fri 9am–5pm

West Hackney Rec Ground

Restored and reinvented with a Lottery grant, this spacious garden features playgrounds, a stone labyrinth laid into the grass and a community kitchen garden. Evering Road N16 7PX, stpaulswesthackney.org; daily dawn–dusk