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/

HCGA needs your vote in the Tesco Bags of Help Initiative

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. Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive theContinue Reading

Men in Sheds Taster Sessions Every Saturday in September

    HCGA has launched a new Men in Sheds project, supported by Community Champions, meeting at Godolphin Gardens on Wednesday mornings, 10am – 1pm. Men who participate are free to work on their own projects such as woodwork, bike maintenance, gardening etc. We have purchased bike maintenance equipment as several participants are interested inContinue Reading

New Men in Sheds Project Taster Sessions 27th July & 3rd August

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BBC Children in Need Awards HCGA Grant to Fund Play Activities This Summer

Hammersmith Community Gardens Association is to receive a funding boost for nature activity programmes for children and young people living in deprived areas of Hammersmith We will use the funding to deliver a play scheme during school holidays, run day trips to the countryside and host environment and wildlife events for children and young people.Continue Reading

Market Garden Wins Gold at Hampton Court Flower Show

Gardening spans the generations as this picture taken on press day at Hampton Court Flower Show demonstrates. Students from Phoenix High School discussed the finer points of vegetable growing in their award winning market garden with respected horticultural journalist Peter Seabrook. ​ The students have been involved in every part of the process researching theContinue Reading

Hampton Court Flower Show Garden

This year the BTEC Horticultural Students at Phoenix School are working with the Farm to create a Show Garden at Hampton Court Flower Show. Incorporating the student’s design ideas the garden recreates an 18th Century Market Garden, including historical fruit and vegetable varieties grown at Phoenix School Farm. Preparing for the show has been aContinue Reading

Queen’s Park In Bloom, Front Garden Competition

Organised by Queen’s Park Community Council in association with HCGA Don’t hide your gardening talents in your shed: enter our front gardens competition. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got a few pots, window boxes, hanging baskets or a flower bed – if your front garden is a riot of glorious colour and blooms this summer thenContinue Reading

Front Garden and Window Box Competition – Big Green Local

Don’t hide your gardening talents in your shed: enter our Wormholt & White City BIG Green Local Front Garden & Window Box Competition. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got a few pots, window boxes, hanging baskets or a flower bed.  If your front garden is a riot of glorious colour and blooms this summer then make sure thatContinue Reading

Yoga in the Glasshouses with Yoga Fitness London

Don’t miss out on summer stuck indoors – Yoga Fitness London is running a summer Pop-Up class in the fresh summer air at the glorious Ravenscourt park. Classes take place in one of the beautiful glasshouses which is naturally heated by the sun providing an organic ‘Warm Yoga’ environment without the need for stuffy heatersContinue Reading