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 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, supported local schools by working the soil, providing and planting shrubs for colour and scent and worked with landscape designer Charlotte Harris in offering our services by installing her design for the Courtyard Retreat Garden at the Woking Sam Beare Hospice, and working with the supply chain in donating plant and materials for the project.
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 proud sponsors of Otford United who compete in the Crowborough district under 18s 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.
After many years of fund raising, Hever Parish Council finally had the funds to replace the 1960s metal playground equipment in Four Elms our local village. We gave our support by providing resources to install the playground area.
Edenbridge Community Car Wash
The Edenbridge Community Car Wash was set up to enable 16 to 18-year olds get their work experience and be paid for it. It is an opportunity to give young people a purpose and be part of something extremely worthwhile.
Due to planning issues the Community Car Wash was threatened with closure within days of the notice being given by Sevenoaks District Council unless funding could be found to pay for the planning application. We immediately stepped in to give our support to this valuable project so that the Car Wash team could continue to offer encouragement and support to the youngsters of the local community.
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
Paddington Central Community Garden
We recently supported one of our client's community projects by installing and providing plants for their community garden. Unfortunately, due to Covid they have had to postpone the launch of the garden until the spring of 2021, which is probably a better time to launch a garden as the plants will have had the opportunity to bed in. Our man on the scene is Dave Adams, seen below, who is our permanent maintenance operative on site. Dave assisted in the installation and planting of the garden and will continue to look after it until the official launch next year.