Anyone walking down Dalston Lane has seen the peace mural. Only those looking closely, however, will notice the entrance to the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden. Created on a disused railway line, the community-led garden is a place for residents to grow food and wildlife-friendly plants. Hazel, hawthorn and birch have been planted alongside butterfly bushes, bracken and flowers, just coming into bloom. Amongst the brick and hubbub of Dalston, the Curve Garden is a green oasis. Regular events teach kids about bees, and sourdough pizza and beer keep the adults happy. Sadly, the much-loved garden is now at risk from redevelopment plans. Find out more here and support your local garden.


A community garden built on a disused railway line.
Enjoy a beer amongst the butterflies.
13 Dalston Ln, London E8 3DF
Daily, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.


By Zara Miller

Zara is a freelance writer who loves travelling and all kinds of storytelling. Follow her on Twitter.