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    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 also 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.

    Check out what we’ve been up to in the community recently!

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    Latest Covid test info from @hfcouncil :
    Get a free Covid test to protect those around you .

    We can all help stop Covid by getting a test. 

    1 in 3 people with the virus have no symptoms, so getting a test is the best way to protect those around us. Testing helps identify cases and shows us where the virus is spreading. If we know who has the virus, we know where we need to take action to help stop it.  

    We've opened a new local walk-in Covid testing centre to make it easier for you to get a rapid test:

    Where: Holy Innocents Church in Paddenswick Road, Hammersmith, W6.
    When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30am-6pm

    You can also get a rapid test at our main testing centres at Shepherds Bush Library, 145 King Street in Hammersmith and the Sands Ends Arts & Community Centre.

    These rapid tests are for people with NO symptoms (such as a cough or high temperature).  Your results will be available within an hour.

    You can walk into these sites to get a test, but please book a time if you can to speed up the process. To book a test online for you and your family, please visit the H&F Council website: www.lbhf.gov.uk/gettested.  If you are unable to book online, please call the H&F CAN helpline for assistance: 0800 145 6095, open 8am to 6pm seven days a week 

    If you have any Coronavirus symptoms you need to book a different NHS test here: Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
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    Lockdown in Queens Park Gardens: Local resident Nicole on her daily visit to her favourite spot in the Rose Garden

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    Want to know more about @hammersmith_community_gardens ? Join us this Thursday 21st Jan from 1pm-1:45pm for an introduction to what we do.

    🌿Our Online Professional Tour is aimed at representatives from other organisations and funders to learn more about what we do and explore the possibility of working with us in the future. If you’re a local resident who is interested in learning more about what we do, you are more than welcome to attend as well!

    Free ticket via link in bio HCGA.org.uk/events
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    A very warm welcome to Michelle, our new manager at #PhoenixFarminWhiteCity ! We all look forward to working with you more at the farm once restrictions ease, at least you have the gorgeous animals to keep you company for now!
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    Would you like to learn more about beekeeping? Join us this Thursday 14th Jan, 7-8:30pm where Ali (in the video) expert beekeeper from @beesandrefugees will be running the session all about the biology of the bee, stages of development, types of bees in the hive, bee dances, components of honey and its benefits and bee mythology. Sound interesting?! Tickets via link in bio or via HCGA.org.uk
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    Hello everyone! 👋 We are delighted to announce we are moving our annual charity pub quiz online! 💡 Be prepared to be thoroughly entertained with rounds to test your general knowledge, some gardening/plant questions (of course!), a picture round and two activity rounds!

    🌿Friday 22nd January, 7:30pm-9pm

    🌿We will be broadcasting the quiz live on Zoom. All instructions will be sent to you in a confirmation email.

    🌿Only 1 ticket is needed per team but we suggest a minimum donation of £5 per person. Book tickets via link in bio or via HCGA.org.uk/events

    🌿Teams of up to 6 people, across multiple (virtual) households if you’d like!

    🌿All proceeds will go directly towards keeping our electric van on the road and thus keeping HCGA moving in 2021!
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    This year at HCGA we have had another fantastic horticulture trainee working with us, thank you for all your hard work Ita, we have really enjoyed working with you! The traineeship was through Women’s Farm and Garden Association @wfga_uk and was part funded by @nationalgardenscheme
    HCGA are proud to say we are a London Living Wage Employer.
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    A Year on the Farm, by Ita:
    I have been based at Phoenix Farm in White City for the duration of my 12 month WRAGS Traineeship where the working environment consists of three Polytunnels, a glass house and a large outdoor plot. So the joy of this is that as trainee I get to experience working in both the protected environment and the outdoor environment and to develop the gardening skills specific to both.

    I not only attained skills and experience in the art of crop rotation, propagation, square metre planting, soil cultivation, maintenance of vegetable plots, hedge trimming, pruning, pest and disease management and net mending. But I had the additional treat of learning how to make willow fences and willow obelisks.
    It has been a great opportunity to propagate,maintain and observe plants from seed to maturity throughout the seasons and for a whole year.

    I do feel privileged to have undertaken my training in this teeming-with-wildlife, gem of a green space. I am very grateful to the head gardener, the volunteers and the HCGA team for their support and for sharing their knowledge and skills so generously. With the knowledge and skills gained I now feel much more prepared and confident to seek employment in horticulture.
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    Watch our video of our growing project on Fisherton Estate, Westminster:

    Our gardens may be teeming with wildlife, but it’s not just the birds who are tweeting!

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    UPDATE: More than 18,000 local residents have now had a FREE, rapid Covid-19 test at one of our centres in H&F.

    Watch how quick & easy it is below. Book your test today or just walk in. It takes just a few minutes.

    Find your nearest test centre 👇

    http://www.lbhf.gov.uk/gettested

    We are teaming up with @HCGAGardens to create a new pop up garden for @ImperialNHS Charing Cross Hospital Mental Health A&E. They are sowing cosmos & rudbeckia for a splash of spring colour. Here's a look at the space they will be transforming. #gardening #MentalHealthAwareness

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    And finally, a big Thank You to all our supporters. Without you none of this incredible work would be possible…

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