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Growing Plants, Growing People, Growing Communities… (h2)

Hammersmith Community Gardens Association (HCGA) is a local environmental charity set up in 1984. We manage four community gardens in the London Borough of Hammersmith & 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 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.

To reflect the expansion of our work to neighbouring boroughs in 2016 the charity adopted the working name of Healthy Community Gardening Activities (HCGA)

Who we are (h3)

HCGA is managed by a Board of Trustees, who are all local residents. Our staff have knowledge and skills in a wide range of areas including: horticulture, conservation, garden design, forest schools, leading guided walks, herbal medicine and many more. We have a pool of sessional staff so are able to take on short-term projects and one-off sessions. All our staff are highly trained, DBS checked and insured.

Our aims (h4)

Take a tour

We offer monthly professional tours of our gardens for representatives of businesses, charities and local government to learn more about what we do and explore the possibility of working with us in the future. You will see the spaces and learn about the education, health and wellbeing programmes that they host.  For upcoming dates/times please email info@hcga.org.uk.

Our Projects

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 activities. As well as creating space for people the sites have also been designed to encourage wildlife.  We run the community food growing area in Normand Park and work with local ‘Friends of’ groups to manage and promote their sites.  We design and plant local street planting for London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and are responsible for the maintainence of some of these small green spaces. We look after the community garden in Aisgill Avenue and run a weekly volunteer group there.

OL List test (h4)

  1. Improve the environment of the borough as a place for people and wildlife by maintaining quality green spaces
  2. Raise awareness of the links between the environment and the benefits of healthy living
  3. Encourage community involvement and caring in their local neighbourhood through one-off projects and long term developments. We seek to involve all sections of the community, not just the able bodied and the young
  4. Partner with other organisations to maximise our reach and impact

In Westminster we run weekly gardening sessions in Queens Park Gardens, Westbourne Park and Penfold Street Hub. We support the Fisherton growing project with regular gardening sessions as well as by providing plants. In Westminster and The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea we deliver short Adult Education courses around gardening and herbal activities as well as a programme of walks.

HCGA has a team of school gardeners who deliver environmental education sessions in schools on a weekly basis in three 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 people who need a bit of extra support hopefully leading to participation in our regular volunteering sessions.

The Get Out There!project offers local unemployed or socially isolated 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. We also run a Men in Shedsprogramme at Godolphin Gardens for socially-isolated men.

Our volunteers maintain our gardens and contribute hundreds of hours of their time each year. Many of them have physical or mental health problems which prevent them from working in paid employment. We also host around 30 companies each year on corporate volunteering work days. As well as completing several physical tasks the companies make a donation to HCGA which covers staff time and materials. This is extremely valuable to us as it then funds the upkeep of the gardens.

The association is a registered charity (1111 999) and company limited by guarantee.

HCGA are members of Social Farms & Gardens,  London City Farms and Community Gardens Association and The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

 

 

awarded to Ravenscourt Glasshouses

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Watch our video celebrating over thirty years of our work in the community!

Take a tour

We offer monthly professional tours of our gardens for representatives of businesses, charities and local government to learn more about what we do and explore the possibility of working with us in the future. You will see the spaces and learn about the education, health and wellbeing programmes that they host.  For upcoming dates/times please email info@hcga.org.uk.

Our Projects

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 activities. As well as creating space for people the sites have also been designed to encourage wildlife.  We run the community food growing area in Normand Park and work with local ‘Friends of’ groups to manage and promote their sites.  We design and plant local street planting for London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and are responsible for the maintainence of some of these small green spaces. We look after the community garden in Aisgill Avenue and run a weekly volunteer group there.

Take a tour

We offer monthly professional tours of our gardens for representatives of businesses, charities and local government to learn more about what we do and explore the possibility of working with us in the future. You will see the spaces and learn about the education, health and wellbeing programmes that they host.  For upcoming dates/times please email info@hcga.org.uk.

Our Projects

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 activities. As well as creating space for people the sites have also been designed to encourage wildlife.  We run the community food growing area in Normand Park and work with local ‘Friends of’ groups to manage and promote their sites.  We design and plant local street planting for London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and are responsible for the maintainence of some of these small green spaces. We look after the community garden in Aisgill Avenue and run a weekly volunteer group there.

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A spot of joy to brighen up a rainy day ☔ 🏵🌷 ...

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Music in the Glasshouses 😌 ...

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What seeds or plants do you like to grow for young people in the garden? #schoolgardenlondon #foodgrowing #nextgenerationofgrowers ...

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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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To reflect the expansion of our work to neighbouring boroughs in 2016 the charity adopted the working name of Healthy Community Gardening Activities (HCGA)

We can arrange corporate volunteering days at short notice at certain times of the year so please do get in touch.

We manage four community gardens in Hammersmith & Fulham but also work in several schools and parks across West London as well as assisting other local organisations with the management of their green spaces. The location of your volunteering day will depend on the requirements of the charity during the season, and will be confirmed at least one month in advance of your volunteering day.

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