Abundance London is a community project based in Chiswick, West London, run by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis. They run environmental, educational projects. They started off harvesting the seasonal glut of local fruit, then they also began to guerilla gardens, abandoned patches and flower beds, they now also organise art projects. They are not paid, and any money goes directly back into their projects.
We helped with the planting of the hedge, with over 500 trees covering a length of 140m. The new hedge was planted along Burlington Lane and has linked existing fragments of shrub left behind from an earlier hedge that had slowly disappeared. Due to the composition of the hedge, which included a high proportion of thorny hawthorn and dog rose, it was dubbed the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Hedge. All involved volunteers from local community had to follow our team and their very speedy pace.
It was great to be a part of this initiative to green our local area!
County Care is a charity which provides young people who have learning difficulties with opportunities to volunteer in the community. The scheme they have set up at St Paul’s Church is for the young people to use their grounds to grow vegetables and raised beds. They have a community café which provides free food for those in need and takes clients from their local Foodbank too. County Care are hoping that some of the vegetables grown will supply the café so the young people can feel that they are making a real contribution to helping some of the most vulnerable people in their community.
We helped by providing tools and a chest to keep them in. We hope that our contribution made a difference in their planning stage and for the young people.
‘What goes around comes back around’.