Growing Plants, Growing People, Growing Communities
Hammersmith Community Gardens Association (HCGA) is a local environmental charity which manages two community gardens sites at Loris Road W6 and Godolphin Road W12 and the glasshouses at Ravenscourt Park. HCGA is also a partner organisation managing the Phoenix School Farm and Learning Zone in White City.
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, based around green care and related activities, to train NHS staff working in residential and other care settings, providing them with the knowledge and confidence to develop therapeutic gardening and food growing projects within their own setting.
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.
Get Growing was a 3 year programme working with nurseries and pre schools in the borough to promote food growing. The project co-ordinator offered CPD training days to give staff the confidence to grow their own plants with children. Staff were also given support in drawing up garden plans and maintenance schedules as well as being given a selection pack of seedlings each spring. Our highly knowledgeable staff are still able to deliver CPD training days and help with planning growing spaces.