February 2017 News

Although it is a quiet time in the gardens we have still been very busy so far this year. We started January with our Annual General Meeting and Stakeholder Review where over 60 people came to hear about the charity’s achievements of 2016 and our plans for 2017. The 2016 Annual Report was given out to all who attended, it is available on our website if anyone would like a copy. We would like to thank all who came to the meeting for your ongoing support.

Our Grow Well volunteers who meet on a Tuesday were invited to hold their sessions at Sycamore House by Hammersmith United Charities during the cold winter months. The groups undertake a range of activities relating to gardening, wildlife, health and wellbeing and food. We are very grateful to Hammersmith United Charities and Sycamore House for welcoming us so warmly and allowing the sessions to run in the cold months. We are planning to invite HUC residents to a tea party at the glasshouses at our last session before the Easter break to show our thanks.

HCGA volunteers have been on many trips in the past few weeks including Kew Gardens, The Wellcome Collection, The Natural History Museum, The Grant Museum of Zoology, a riverside walk and The Royal Chelsea Hospital. The lovely Salt Yard Restaurant kindly hosted a group of volunteer for afternoon tea during one of the trips. Volunteering sessions have resumed at Phoenix School Farm and the glasshouse volunteering begins again on Wednesday 22nd February.

If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer then please join one of our monthly mid week volunteer inductions held on the first Wednesday of every monthor first Sunday of the month at Loris Gardens. Prospective volunteers are invited for a tour of our sites including an outline on the work we do and the various volunteering opportunities. Volunteers will then be placed in a suitable volunteering group. For more information please email katie@hcga.org.uk

Hammersmith Community Gardens is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. The scheme sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects. HCGA is one of the groups on the shortlist. The grant will help to fund our Get Out There! project which is a weekly environmental conservation volunteering project working with local long term unemployed people, many of whom have a history of homelessness. Voting is open in local stores from 1 February to 25 February. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
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We will be joining Hammersmith United Charities in celebrating International Womens Day on 8th March, further details about the event can be found on their dedicated website here: http://www.huccelebration.org/

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