The management of Dalston Eastern Curve community Garden announced today that it is planning to build a glasshouse this winter, where it will grow pineapples.
Dubbed the ‘Dalston Pineapple House’, the new venue will be a “warm, welcoming space for visitors to relax and enjoy the Garden even in the coldest weather.”
The pineapple was chosen as the flagship fruit for the project as it has been a symbol of welcome since pre-Columbian times. However, the building will also protect other delicate plants and vegetables that normally grow in the garden over the winter months.
The new glasshouse will be built next to the Garden pavilion, next to the building that houses V22 artists’ studios and will cover an area of approximately 30 square meters.
Groups of young people and volunteers will form the backbone of the construction teams and the Garden is currently urging anyone interested in getting involved in the project over the winter to contact them.
The London Development Agency and Timberland Earthkeepers have both awarded grants to the project. The Garden is now seeking to raise £10,000 through donations and fundraising.
Construction on the glasshouse should be completed by February 2012.