As warmer weather is now upon us our gardens are springing to life and we are in need of willing corporate volunteers to help us in our gardens and other local sites.
We have a wide range of projects for 2015 including building a clay oven at Phoenix School Farm, constructing a mosaic, planting new borders in our community gardens, working in several local schools to improve their wildlife and vegetable gardens and restoring the overgrown garden of a local community centre back to a useable state. In addition to physical challenges we also have opportunities to assist with community events such as a pensioners Strawberry Tea Party on Friday July 10th and the Godolphin Garden Festival on 5th September.
The 'Go Green' team from NKD working in the wildlife garden in Ravenscourt Park, August 2014
A big thank you to all those who volunteered with us last year and to Timberland, Taylor Woodrow and the BBC who have already volunteered with us this year.
Our sites are used daily by the community and we run several programmes working with people who are long-term unemployed, have health issues or are carers. The sites we manage are precious green space for many people who do not have access to a garden. The work of corporate volunteer groups really does make a difference as we are able to complete large tasks which we simply do not have the manpower to do otherwise.
The donations we are given for the volunteering day are essential in order to cover the staff time needed to prepare for the day, extra staff members required on the day itself, extra tools and materials. Any surplus is used to pay for trips to the countryside for low-income and socially isolated families, so a big thank you from them too!
Trip to pick-your-own farm in Buckinghamshire
We would like to invite you to a tour of our sites on Wednesday 13th May at 10.45am. Starting at the Glasshouses in Ravenscourt Park we will walk via Godolphin Community Garden to Phoenix School Farm where lunch will be served. The tour will include short presentations on our education, health and wellbeing projects, work with local schools and professional volunteering. It is an opportunity to meet staff and volunteers. If you are able to attend or would like further information please contact Amy Chrisp, email@example.com.
Some projects from 2014:
A greenhouse from used bottles, made in June 2014 by volunteers from BT.
A team from the FA Group working at Queens Manor School, September 2014, clearing the pond, cutting back hedgerows and making the wildlife area more accessible. They also worked in the raised beds, clearing out weeds and preparing the soil so that they were ready for planting.
If you haven't yet visited HCGA and you'd like to know a bit more about our work, we've had a short video made which showcases what we do. Please take a few minutes to watch it.
If you're interested in volunteering with us in 2015 please reply to this email or telephone Cathy on 07773 348 294.