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 and 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, and 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.
Woking & Sam Beare Hospice
We work with a large number of landscape architect practices and get to know individual designers very well when interpreting their designs and working together on their installations. This relationship which is built on trust, respect and quality deliverables can open doors for us on the various tenders which the landscape designer maybe working on.
One such opportunity came by a landscape designer Charlotte Harris who was working for the Woking & Sam Beare Hospice, a new state-of-the-art building in Goldsworth Park, Woking. Charlotte approached us to see if we would be able to offer our services in installing her design for the Courtyard Retreat Garden, a 140sqm project consisting of paving, flower beds, over 690 shrubs and a three metre multi stem Malus Evereste (Apple Tree) as the Garden's focal point.
The installation work took about three weeks with local volunteers doing the planting of the beds. We thank our supply chain Deepdale Trees for generously donating the Tree and shrubs, Robin Tacchi Plants for donating those plants they had in stock and supplying the rest at cost, MCM for supply the sub-base at discount and Rock Unique who also supplied the paving at a generous discount.
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 Juniors 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.
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