Come to visit our Community Garden where to relax or work like in an oasis of calm in the mad rush of the inner city.
Head Gardner: Stephen Sin
Thanks to our keen and efficient volunteers, Jamyang's Courtyard and the front of our building, are looking green and luxuriant, if you would like to join the volunteer team, please send us an email: info[at] jamayng.co.uk
Our garden is located in the original exercise yard for prisoners of the Old Kennington Courthouse, which was a Lambeth magistrates' court for 100 years, built in 1869. It is the last surviving Victorian courthouse in London, listed grade II since 1993.
The gated courtyard garden covers approximately 120 square metres. It features a magnificent golden Buddha statue and a small meditative garden space.
The garden, designed and maintained by volunteers, is planted entirely in raised beds and pots. A mixture of shrubs, climbers, perennials, herbs, fruit, vegetables, annuals and wildflowers also provides flowers for inside the building. There is a mini-meadow and a mass of bulbs in spring. An old Victorian cast-iron safe found on site nestles among boulders beneath the Buddha statue, forming the base for a pretty fountain.
We aim for the garden to be a haven in the city for creatures great and small. His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited in 1999 and he was the first one to inaugurate the Greenery by planting a magnificent magnolia tree (approx 10 foot). The idea of sharing the building is part of the commitment we made during the purchase campaign to bring the Old Court House back into community use. The centre is involved in a variety of partnerships and networks with local health, non-profit and community groups.
In August 2010, Jamyang won the conservation Foundation's prize for the best "Sacred Space" in London. The award is called "London Green Corners Award - For brightening London and enriching the biodiversity".