Growing Plants, Growing People, Growing Communities
Hammersmith Community Gardens Association is a local environmental charity set up in 1984. We manage four community gardens in Hammersmith and Fulham. HCGA has a range of projects which include conservation training schemes, volunteer gardening sessions, health and wellbeing projects, environmental playschemes and environmental education in local schools. We assist local groups in the design, plan and management of their green spaces. We promote environmental sustainability within the borough and manage our sites to maximise biodiversity and encourage wildlife.
To reflect the expansion of our working to neighbouring boroughs in 2016 the charity adopted the working name of Healthy Community Gardening Activities (HCGA)
The gardens are used as an educational resource by local schools, a site for volunteer gardening groups and in the holidays there are environmental play schemes. As well as creating space for people the sites have also been designed to encourage wildlife. In December 2017 we took on the renovation of Woodmans Mews Garden near Wood Lane.
We work with local ‘Friends of’ groups to manage and promote their sites. We run the community food growing area in Normand Park and we have recently helped the Friends of Marcus Garvey Park secure funding for improvements to the park. We run weekly gardening sessions in Queens Park Gardens in Westminster.
HCGA has a team of school gardeners who deliver environmental education sessions in schools on a weekly basis in four boroughs. These include formal curriculum-linked activities as well as lunchtime and after school clubs. We can also guide groups on how to make their premises more environmentally friendly and give technical growing advice. For more information about booking an educational visit for your group or for a member of our team to come to your site please contact us.
Through the Grow Well project we work with local people across the Hammersmith and Fulham borough to provide therapeutic gardening sessions for carers to give them a break from their caring responsibilities and supported volunteer gardening sessions for people who need a bit of extra support hopefully leading to participation in our regular volunteering sessions. Now finished, Plant a Seed was an NHS funded project, training NHS staff in therapeutic gardening.
The Get Out There! project offers local unemployed people the opportunity to learn new skills in basic environmental management such as habitat conservation, tool use and wildlife identification. Participants get the opportunity to visit and work on a range of different habitats across London as well as local sites in Hammersmith and Fulham. We also run a Men in Sheds programme at Godolphin Gardens for socially-isolated men.
Hammersmith Community Gardens Association is managed by a group of trustees, who are all local residents. Our staff have knowledge and skills in a wide range of areas including: horticulture, conservation, garden design, forest schools, leading guided walks, herbal medicine and many more. We have a pool of sessional staff so are able to take on short-term projects and one-off sessions. All our staff are highly trained, DBS checked and insured.
Our objectives are
- Improving the environment of the borough as a place for people and wildlife by maintaining quality green spaces
- Raising awareness of the links between the environment and the benefits of healthy living
- Community Involvement:Encouraging people to be involved and caring in their local neighbourhood through one-off projects and long term developments. To seek to involve all sections of the community, not just the able bodied and the young
- To work in partnership with other organisations
The association is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.
HCGA are members of Social Farms and Gardens
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