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Hammersmith Community Gardens Association (HCGA)  is a local environmental charity set up in 1984.  We operate greening and growing projects in the London Boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster

HCGA has a range of projects which include conservation training schemes, volunteer gardening sessions, health & 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!

A magical place, not normally open to the public, Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses will be holding a poetry and music evening on 17th May 7-9pm. Tickets via Eventbrite, link in bio. #hammersmithcommunitygardens #hammersmith #lbhf #shephersbush ...

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HCGA May 2024 News and Events🌸 ...

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It was great to see some self led gardening and curriculum connection in action today at Hammersmith Academy.

A couple of year 11 pupils approached @hafsahhafeji as I was pottering in the greenhouse. They had some spare time, wanted to garden and she obviously very enthusiastically agreed. She hesitantly proposed weeding as it was the most pressing job and their faces lit up! `We love weeding its so relaxing`( where had these pupils been for the past year?)

They enthusiastically began pulling up the weeds marvelling at the long root formations and competing to see who could pull up the biggest root ball. As they weeded they began to identify the different parts of the plant they were pulling using words such as xylem,phloem, chlorophyll, vascular etc. Using this as an opportunity to revise for their science exam that was coming up.

This interaction was a great reminder as to how gardening can support so many aspects of a young persons life. It’s therapeutic offering them a break from the classroom, offers the opportunity for immersive learning and simply it gives an opportunity for these important conversations about the natural world to happen. It brings plants animals and insects into the conversation which is really important in order for us to have new generations of people who care about the earth.
#schoolgarden #gardening #londongarden
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Captured last week on a cloudy day, the colourful flowers lifted our spirits as we worked on the containers on the roof terrace at @245hammersmith. Even on a grey day, the view is spectacular!

The roof terrace will be open to the public as part of London Open Gardens 2024 on Sunday 9th June. Visit londongardenstrust.org for more details and tickets.

Don`t forget to visit our other sites, the Glasshouses at Ravenscourt Park and Phoenix Farm in White City which will also be open for visitors as part of London Open Gardens.

#LondonOpenGardens2024 #GreeningTheCity #LondonGreenSpaces
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If you haven`t had a chance to see our beautiful new Glasshouse yet then come to our Poetry and Music evening on 17th May 7-9pm. It`s a magical setting in the evening! Tickets £10 on the door or in advance via Eventbrite link in bio ...

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The pupils at HA have begun building their brand new hydroponics system. This project supports their learning in class about new technologies in the food growing industry whilst giving them some hands on experience building their own system. In the coming weeks the pupils will be sowing seeds and seeing this system come to life with plants. Keep a look out for updates! Thank you so much Veolia for providing the funding that allows a project like this to happen! #schoolgarden @veolia @hamacad @hcga_gardens @hafsahhafeji ...

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If you haven`t seen our new glasshouse yet grab a ticket to our poetry and music night on 17th May. Link in bio

Join award-winning poets Lily Blacksell and Will Harris, and singer-songwriter sky coloured for a night of poetry and music in the beautiful Glasshouses in Ravenscourt Park.

Lily Blacksell is the author of the acclaimed pamphlets There`s No Such Thing (Ignition) and Stressed, Tested (Rough Trade Books), as well as the host of the poetry night Canon Fodder at the Social.

Will Harris is the author of the poetry collections RENDANG and Brother Poem. He won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and he co-facilitates the Southbank New Poets Collective.

sky coloured`s EP As a Pearl was released recently. He is also the writer and presenter of the The Secret Life of Songs podcast, and a lecturer in history of pop music at LCCM.

There will be a short open mic section of the evening if you want to perform a poem you have written! Limited slots available.

Refreshments will be available for purchase.
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Shirley is part of the gardening club at Aisigill community hub and has been training as a guide at Chelsea physics garden. She invited her community gardening group to the gardens and gave us a wonderful tour of the space. We learn about the history of the garden as well as the various plants it houses and their uses in medicine. We also saw some more exotic plants like grapefruits and pomegranates which survive in the unique microclimate the garden creates. Thank you very much to Shirley for the tour and to @chelsea_physic_garden for making it happen! @earlscourtdevco @hammersmith_community_gardens @hafsahhafeji #communitygarden ...

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