With Spring around the corner, why not pop down or give some of your free time to Meanwhile Gardens in Golborne?
What was once four acres of derelict wasteland is now a green oasis in densely populated North Kensington. The Gardens enhances the lives of residents by providing safe and inclusive open-air leisure, play, training and educational opportunities.
Almost forty years ago, as crumbling terraces were being cleared, a local resident wondered if this derelict wasteland could become a garden. Jamie McCullough set about mobilising the local community to make the dream a reality. Westminster City Council, owners of the land at that time, agreed for it to be a garden ‘meanwhile’, until they could develop other plans.
The name stuck, the Gardens grew and prospered. Today, Meanwhile Gardens is run by a committee of local volunteers, with a small dedicated staff team and a growing team of volunteers.
Throughout the year, come rain or shine, volunteers demonstrate their commitment by carrying out regular maintenance – and unglamorous litter clearance – as well as more exciting development projects.
Meanwhile Gardens improves the quality of life and leisure for the local community through:
- Volunteering opportunities to improve horticulture skills and gain qualifications, including supporting vulnerable adults into employment, corporate team building, gardening & food growing. There are also opportunities for corporate volunteering days at the Gardens.
- Helping local youngsters play and learn in a safe environment, offering a free Playhut (drop in facility for families with young children) with a paddling pool and fenced garden, schools visits to our large educational wildlife pond, there is a free skate park for older children and teenagers, enhancing opportunities for outdoor exercise and play.
- Building awareness of healthy living through workshops and classes in parenting, healthy eating and food growing activities including the Tiny Green Gingers Grow and Eat Project at our Playhut. There is a long-term partnership with K&C Mind who run The Wildlife Garden Project on the site providing training and work experience for local people with long term mental health conditions.
- Building community relationships by hosting events for local people to appreciate different cultures, including children’s activities at the Notting Hill Carnival and a Moroccan Garden with a traditional mosaic features giving a feel for North Africa in North Kensington!
Meanwhile Gardens Community Association, 156-158 Kensal Road, W10 5BN
Tel: 020 8960 4600 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org