Our largest community project in 2019 is the revitalisation of Slade Gardens, where we will be running volunteer & training sessions throughout the year. Click here to see what’s coming up next.
We expect this site will become our community gardening base in 2019 & beyond, where we can massively increase the amount of food & flowers we grow ourselves, reducing our carbon footprint through less reliance on commercial nurseries. In the process of growing these plants, we will be educating learners & engaging volunteers from the local community. We hope that some of them will eventually join our landscaping teams to create new gardens indoors & out, across London.
The picture above shows how the site was in autumn 2018. Since then, with help from corporate volunteers, we have demolished many of the old structures which were unsound, & have built new raised beds, paths, a polytunnel and pond.
We will need many more volunteers, in groups and as individuals, as we look after the site & support its growth. This is a great opportunity for corporate groups to get involved with a long-term project, embedded in the local community, with a variety of tasks throughout the year. Please sign up to events here, or get in touch via email to learn more.
The 3 existing beehives on site (installed & managed by the amazing local project BeeUrban) have been retained, with an improved viewing structure built, to allow everyone to take their time & feel comfortable while observing these amazing & essential insects.
Our goal here in 2019-20 is to establish a range of opportunities for local people to engage with the natural world, growing food & flowers together. We expect to deliver open-access, drop-in volunteer sessions on the weekends, and more structured, educational sessions during the week, for local schools, community groups & specialist support agencies.
The first group of beneficiaries will be the existing users of Slade Adventure Playground, who will be able to move seamlessly from the amazing play structures such as the Yellow Submarine (below), into the food & wildlife areas. If you would like your organisation to get involved (or to join us as an individual), please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire, and follow us on social media to see the latest news.
So far in the spring of 2019 we have had already hosted more than 700 hours of volunteering from corporate teams & local individuals.