Either directly or by working alongside the main contractor, we are always up for offering practical and meaningful hands on support where horticultural assistance would make a huge difference to the community or charity in question.
Whether it is redefining existing gardens and bringing them back to life or creating new ones for charitable organisations such our support to the US Ambassador Matthew Barzun and his Embassy staff for their 'Day of Service' to mark the anniversary of 9/11, we gladly commit members of our garden team in offering their experience to implement and complete local community or charitable regeneration projects.
Over the years we have supported projects such as the Delmelza Garden of Tranquillity in Kent; a green space which features landscaped gardens, a picnic area, an obelisk water feature, sensory areas, a stone bridge and walkway. During our time at the QEOP South Park we supported a local school in the east end of London by working the soil, providing shrubs for colour, scent , planted the school’s planters to provide all year interest and then mowed the lawn, tidied the edges and pruned the Hazel. Support and muscle was also given for the View Tube on the Green Way in Stratford by collecting the wooden frames and then constructing the planters on site.
Our community engagement does not just involve our muscle and materials, we also encourage educational tours to local garden societies around projects we have completed. Tours recently conducted involved the Ide Hill Garden Society and Mayfield Garden Club where its members had a personal tour with our head gardener around the QEOP South Park Pleasure Gardens and 2012 Gardens.
Every year we dig out some spare plants for the Four Elms Summer Fete organising committee to sell on their stall and install a maze and in 2015 we became a signature donor to the 20 Fenchurch Street Legacy Fund (20FSLF) which offers businesses a unique opportunity to support a range of community organisations working to improve employment prospects of disadvantaged residents in East London.
We are also supporting the Garden Bridge Trust's Youth Board. It is an event held by the Trust involving four schools from the Lambeth local area with the aim of improving knowledge in certain areas and career prospects. We were also invited to the local Four Elms Primary School to present to the whole school on what our works involved in installing the garden.
We are proud sponsors of Sevenoaks Town Wanderers U14 who compete in the Crowborough district league covering Kent and Sussex. We offer an annual sponsorship package that provides match day kit and twice weekly pitch hire for training allowing the club coaches the opportunity to improve the skills of individuals as well to develop as a unit focusing on teamwork and communication.
Over the past 3 years of Willerby’s involvement “our” lads have achieved 2 promotions and ended last season a creditable 4th place in the Crowborough B league. This seasons target is to achieve one place higher and the lads are on target to do so although there is a long way to go. You can see the team progress in the league here
Recently, students from Oak Lodge School in Barnet were ‘entertained’ by one of our garden team. The students just loved our Matt who gave them a presentation and tour of the Sky Garden.
"The warmth the Sky Garden generated was ENORMOUS...not just the setting, but also..wow, the staff generated SO much 'warmth too! Patient, kind, 'undertsanding' encouraging and enthusiastic...and just everything students with special needs need! All the staff were exceptional!!
The students really warmed to Matt's genuine passion for his job too! " Sally Adams Oak Lodge School