Community gardens are a good way for people who live in inner cities and don't have the space to grow fruit and vegetables at home, or who just want to connect with others in the community. Many of these garden sites provide gardening courses, activities and clubs for children and seasonal events. You'll find there's an open-door policy if you're interested in getting involved as community gardens rely heavily on grants and volunteer work in order to exist. For those who have yet to discover a nearby garden where you can just muck in and grow stuff for the benefit of all, we reckon you won't ever be too far from one in south east London.

Those living in Sydenham have beautiful secrets waiting for them behind the Park Keeper's cottage in Mayow Park. Just behind the building, volunteers have created totally lovely gardens from a derelict depot. You can volunteer to help, take up a gardening course or bring children to the music/craft or storytelling events.

Forest Hill has a nature reserve that holds regular events (the Halloween party is highly recommended), arranges visits with local schools and has a regular children's gardening group.

A community garden project has just begun in Telegraph Hill as part of Bold Vision - a collective of locals who want to make the area an 'amazing place to live.'

Honor Oak also its own successful community garden just outside the community centre where you can grow your own or help out. There's currently no website but you can email here if you'd like to get involved.

Over the past couple of years, and with little more than drive and determination, Vale Residents' Association has carved a herb and floral garden outside the hospital in East Dulwich. Here's the email link for getting in touch.

Peckham Rye opened a community garden this spring. There's a bee hive, bug towers, a pond and raised beds for community fruit and vegetable growing. Here's the email link for those who want it.

You'll also find more community gardens in Hither Green, Deptford, Bellingham and Catford. A really good way to search for your local community garden or to get advice on starting one is via the interactive map on the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens website.