We are always on the hunt for interesting gardens and outdoor spaces to visit in and around London for inspiration in all things green and recently had the pleasure of visiting the Daltson Eastern Curve Garden. This outwardly unassuming space is a hidden haven set incongruously in the hustle and bustle of Dalston. The garden was created on the old Eastern Curve railway, which closed over 70 years ago. The architectural collective, Exyzt, built the temporary Dalston Mill on the site in 2009 and returned the following year to build the wooden garden pavilion which is now used for events and workshops.
It’s impossible to know what to expect standing street side but there is a delightful surprise waiting for you as you pass under the facade. The garden is filled with wildlife-friendly trees and shrubs, butterfly bushes and plenty of fruit and vegetables. First impressions are of a mini woodland – you get a real sense of tranquility and there’s something curious a space that was abandoned for such a long time. Although well kept (you can actually volunteer for a day of gardening) it has a slightly rugged feel, there is lots to explore and it’s full of the native hedgerow left over from the derelict site.
Being an eco-friendly garden; no chemicals are used and all the garden material is turned into compost, they even collect rainwater in recycled whisky barrels. You can taste the garden’s mouth-watering produce in the cafe which is enough to make you want your own veg patch. All in all it’s a perfect place to get back to nature in the heart of the city.