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Growing Concerns

Shopping, Home decor South Hackney
5 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
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Hidden between the Union Canal and the St Mark's Gate entrance of Victoria Park, this social enterprise garden centre is staffed by a team of horticulturalists and garden designers who are intent on improving the environment for those living in the East End. They work with local groups to transform little pockets of public space and go out into local schools to raise gardening awareness. If you're interested in improving your own skills or contributing to community projects, you can sign up for one of its gardening classes which include learning how to plant and raise a vegetable patch. Best-sellers include strawberries and herbs as well as organic compost.


Venue name: Growing Concerns
Address: 2 Wick Lane
E3 2NA
Opening hours: Open 10am-6pm Tue-Sun
Transport: Tube: Hackney Wick overground
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4.8 / 5

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I am so happy to have this as my neighborhood garden center, because it’s such an adorable place with lots of character and amazing plants. It’s right next to Vicky park, and sometimes I just come here because I find so relaxing, although I always end up buying something.

You can see that people working here really love what they do, it’s not just a garden center, it’s a community. They have great selection of herbs, outdoor flowers and shrubs, as well as indoor plants and pots. They have a little coffee station, you can select the plants you want and they plant arrangements for you, they also organise garden classes, which
I am planning to take.

Lovely little place. Great selection and excellent service. Lots of advise on what will grow best in the space you have and super helpful.


There is something special and peaceful about a place that is all about nature... When around Victoria Park or Hackney Wick, Growing Concerns is worth a visit even if you’re not buying anything! (But if you are, the staff there is super nice and helpful, and they have a good range of flowers, plants, vases and gardening tools.)
Gardening paradise for enthusiasts but, I believe, interesting for the more 'professional' and still enjoyable for someone who just want to get a vase for the balcony. 

Love what the team here do - not only selling excellent plants for our gardens (and promoting front gardens) but also getting involved in the local community. I also am very grateful for their horticultural knowledge!

Very helpful staff, a little oasis along the canal and they have everything I need to my our balcony a little herb and flower place - for more than decent prices! :)

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