Community Engagement

Using our combined years of experience working with local communities in London through horticulture & urban green spaces, we provide practical consultation for community groups and engagement consultation for commercial organisations, alongside workshops and sessions for community engagement at your site or at any one of the ones we manage.

We work with several community groups to provide on the ground horticultural skills, expertise and mentoring for their green spaces including design and development of the growing spaces, ongoing maintenance, yearly growing plans, community engagement plans and activities, seasonal events.

THRIVING COMMUNITIES

With funding received from Hounslow Thriving Communities programme we are working with several groups across the borough to enhance community engagement by developing growing spaces and improving wellbeing for individuals and groups. From March 2022 we will be working with community groups, schools, NHS early intervention teams. This programme will run until November 2022.

Some of the groups we have worked with previously on this programme in 2021 are St Lukes Church, Redwood Estate residents, Isleworth Town School, Woodbridge School, Heron Way Allotment, Afghan centre. We continue to be a point of contact for these groups should they need advice on their sites.

DIG SITE, HANWELL

We are delighted to have secured this community site through fundraising and very generous grants from the Mayor of London’s ‘MAKE LONDON’ funding initiative, Ealings ‘FUTURE EALING’ fund and William Hobbayne charity who focus on local needs in the Hanwell area. a plethora of pledges from individuals and local residents, along with a promotional push from the BBC London news! Once we’ve tackled the paperwork and received the funding we can put in place a targeted open community-based programme of events. providing weekly sessions to learn and practice new skills, in a wide variety of horticultural areas.

Watch this space for more news!

Older sites where we maintain a light touch approach with the community.

Community Volunteering

Volunteers make an important contribution to our work; we always welcome volunteers at all our sites.

The Salopian Garden, 689 London Road, TW7 4ES

Every Wednesday 10 – 4 pm. Drop in, meet some new people. We have strong cohort of regulars and new people joining all the time – no experience necessary, just a can-do attitude!

Acton, Berrymede School, W3 8SJ

Weekly drop-in sessions on a Saturday (weather dependent) The regulars are a friendly bunch. If you would like to know what’s happening on any given week contact us at admin@cultivatelondon.org

Dean Gardens, Ealing W13

During Spring and Summer this year we will be working with Ealing Council to deliver their community programme in Dean Gardens, Ealing, W13 9BG. Open to all, the sessions are designed to help the community engage with their local park, meet their neighbours and help to generally improve the park. – The sessions will be run bi-weekly starting on Tuesday 19th April 2022 – Time 11 am – 1 pm.

Health and Wellbeing

Through increased physical activity and access to green spaces our work helps the community by:

  • Reducing isolation and promoting wellbeing: we bring people together for group activities in community settings, including initiatives targeted at isolated men and women, young mothers and older people.
  • Creating healthier neighbourhoods: we involve people in improving their local parks and green spaces, creating routes for walking and cycling and using green infrastructure to tackle air pollution.
  • Encouraging physical activity: we encourage people to be more active by taking part in practical conservation volunteering, and we use sport and physical activity in many of our youth programmes.
  • Enabling healthier eating: we give people the chance to learn about and grow their own food in a sociable setting, demonstrate healthier cooking and broaden people’s culinary choices.

We work with a variety of local partners to deliver projects at the Salopian Garden that help create healthier, greener places to live, and run community activities that encourage healthier living and support people through practical volunteering to improve their wellbeing and manage health conditions.

Salopian Outdoor Kitchen

Our garden and outdoor kitchen and cooking facilities at the Salopian Garden have been improved. We can now run enhanced projects to learn hands-on how to link food growing to healthy eating, helping people of all ages learn about and access fresh produce, and gain skills critical to a healthy lifestyle.

Thank you to Hounslow Thriving Communities who made this latest improvement possible.

Many of our community members can benefit from the ‘field to fork’ experience we offer at the Salopian Garden. We will create areas specifically designed to be accessible to children, elderly community members, wheelchair users and others with limited mobility. We want everyone who would like to take part in on-site cooking activities to be able to do so.

There is no better way to build community than through growing, cooking and eating food together.

As we open post pandemic, we hope to welcome back some of the community café people from Soup4Lunch to enjoy our newly improved space.

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