“It’s empowering. There’s lots of lads can’t get work, stuck in the gaff,” said Talpin. “Just by doing an activity together, it really clears your mind.”
By Lois Kapila
Oct 4, 2016
“We started to do guerrilla gardening, the idea that the garden will spill out into the community,” said Talpin, last Friday morning, gesturing towards the garden’s open gate.
They put plants in the nearby Oliver Bond flats, and he saw some teenagers watering them, the other day. “We’ve started painting the railings, to take the prison look off the place,” he says.
It seems to be working. “I’ve met people in the apartment blocks I’d never spoken to before,” he said.
Now though, Talpin – who helps to coordinate the Liberties Men’s Shed, which is the main group overseeing the garden – is looking for more people and groups to bring on board.