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Sunday 8 May 2022, 2-3pm and 3.30-4.30pm

Storyteller and Artist Kathryn Holt, will share the cautionary tale of a king who tried to control everything in his garden, but only ended up unhappy, until the bees helped him learn a very important lesson about nature…

You can join Kathryn for a free session at 2-3pm or at 3.30-4.30pm. Each session will begin with storytelling and then participants will be encouraged to get crafty at the making table, making paper bees and flowers inspired by the story.

These sessions are suitable for children aged 3 – 7yrs. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. There’s no booking but spaces are limited for each session, so we recommend you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

The King’s Garden is part of ‘SpringBurst’, the first of our season of creative activities exploring plants, nature and biodiversity. Programmes will be taking place until the end of 2022 and are supported by Hackney Council’s ‘Hello Again Hackney’ Fund. You can find out about their initiative, which allows residents to take advantage of discounted tickets and invitations to cultural events at venues across Hackney, at: www.lovehackney.uk/entertainment-offers

Sunday 3 April 2022

As the bees emerge from Winter hibernation and the Daffodils,Tulips and Spring-flowering bulbs are blooming all over Dalston Curve Garden, we are launching our very special ‘Little Museum of Spring’. 

This weekend the doors of the Museum will be opening for the first time to mark the start of our ‘SpringBurst’ season of activities, exploring the time of the year when everything feels fresh and full of renewed energy. The installation, curated by artist Laura Halliwell, will evolve throughout Spring. The changing display will showcase nature-inspired artworks made in free community workshops, starting with exhibits made by members of our weekly group for older people.

On Sunday 3 April, 2-5pm you can join artist Kathryn Holt for a free drop-in craft workshop where you will be able to create your own exhibits to be added to the ‘Little Museum of Spring’. Kathryn is an artist, craftsperson and storyteller, with a passion for the natural world. She works with people of all ages using a wide range of creative techniques, including collage. She describes her workshop: “Inspired by the signs of Spring and the feelings that the season evokes, we’ll use beautiful coloured papers, a sprinkle of imagination and a range of display techniques to playfully curate our little museum, celebrating all things Spring” 

This workshop will take place outside in the Garden and is open to adults as well as children, but young children will need help from their grownups. There’s no need to book, you can just turn up, join in and stay as long as you want to. 

‘SpringBurst’ is the first of our seasons of creative activities exploring plants, nature and biodiversity. Programmes will take place until the end of 2022 and are supported by Hackney Council’s ‘Hello Again Hackney’ Fund. You can find out about this initiative which allows residents to take advantage of discounted tickets and invitations to cultural events at venues across Hackney at: www.lovehackney.uk/entertainment-offers

The latest government COVID-19 ‘lockdown’ rules and guidelines advise that we should all stay at home to ‘avoid interaction with others’, as much as possible. This means that we have taken the decision to keep the Dalston Curve Garden closed to the public until further notice. We are so sad that we have had to take this decision, not least since we worked so hard to reopen after last Spring’s lockdown and then to keep the Garden open, throughout the changing guidelines and the November lockdown, so that Hackney residents could continue to benefit from being able to walk or sit among nature.

As a social enterprise, Dalston Curve Garden generates all of its income from the proceeds of our Café. This new lockdown period means that once again the Garden will be in receipt of no income. We will continue to nurture the plants and wildlife here over the coming weeks so that the Garden will still thrive for all to enjoy when we are able to reopen, to employ our team of staff and free-lancers (in the Garden or on projects that can be done at home), and to plan ahead for when things are better for us all and we can welcome everyone back here. We were so grateful for all the support everyone gave us last year that meant we could rebuild our entrance, reopen the Garden in August and set up our special community support mornings. If you would like to help the Garden to survive over the coming months, without any income, please consider donating to our Crowdfunder at: https://uk.gofundme.com/f/save-dalston-curve-garden