Hello,Just a quick update on next steps for Capital Clean-up grant and kit applications. As many of you know the deadline for applications for was this Monday 16 March. We are really pleased with the number of applications we have received. So a big thank you to groups for all the time you have put into your applications and ... Continue reading »
Capital Clean-up is a Mayor of London led partnership programme enabling Londoners to volunteer and clean-up our city through local action.
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At Castlehaven we have 4 acres of green space just off Camden high street and would love to transform it into a vibrant and loved park space that is rich in biodiversity, that provides opportunities for the community to learn about gardening, food growing and environmental issues.We run community gardening sessions every Thursday from 11- 1pm, where we focus on organic gardening and wildlife gardening in and around Castlehaven. We are also planning to create a designated Community garden area.Activities:Every Thursday we have a drop in gardening session from 11am - 1pm. Come and join inSo far we have:Built raised beds and have been growing fruit, vegetables and herbs.We have been drying herbs for teas and collecting excess fruits for Jam/ jellies.Planted 2 areas with wildflowersCreated a woodland edge habitat, we found 6 different bee speciesWe have been propogated plants, taking cuttings and growing from seedOther activitiesWalks and talks: Edible plants walk, Tree walk and identification, What is organic gardening? Wildlife walk, MicrogardeningGardening with the Camden societyWorkshops with EcologistsGardening with the Under 5's drop inSchools environment projectsWE ARE ALSO A ORGANIC VEG BOX PICK UP POINT! - More info @http://vegbox.org.uk/about/Future projects:Planting an OrchardWildlife areaGreen creations- Gardening and arts project with The Camden SocietyCastlehaven is a community association that has been working with the most disadvantaged sectors of the community for the last 28 years (e.g. young unemployed, isolated elderly, lone parents etc).Castlehaven’s mission is to ensure that everybody feels heard, valued & has the opportunity to try &/or learn something new in a positive, supportive environment. We do this by:- Providing classes, groups and activities for all sections of the community.- Representing local opinion at local, borough-wide and national forums.- Exploring and developing innovative and effective ways of promoting social inclusion.- Developing local solutions to local problems and promoting standards of good practice.View all
We were the lucky winners of one of Timberland's £2,000 grants last year, and we're putting the money to good use in building a forest school area for our local schools.The idea to create a forest school area grew out of two needs - the first was to clean up the neglected and problematic woodland area in the park. The woodland area has been a cause for concern for quite a number of years. We've seen fly tipping of mattresses, wardrobes, chairs, fridges, etc - almost enough furniture for a home. It's been a no go area and cause of many complaints.The second need was to enable local schoolchildren to have access to a natural learning area close to their schools. We live in one of the most densely populated parts of London and most of the people in this area live in flats. Many don't have a garden or a car, so providing a natural learning space within a short walk of their homes and schools opens up opportunities for more frequent natural learning and play activities.The Timberland grant was supplemented by another £1,000 donation from a private donor and some funds we raised from cake sales, enabling us to reach our funding target. Now that we have our funding in place, we’ve started work on the project. This week we had our first on-site meeting with the environment education officer from one of the local schools, to discuss the design, features and initial risk assessment of the area. It was a very productive meeting, where we agreed the first steps of the layout and construction plan.On Friday, the Get Out There team from the Hammersmith Community Gardens Association constructed fencing and cleared large areas of the nettles, removed rubbish and gathered up all the branches and sticks in the area. Next week they will be finishing off the fencing, installing gates, constructing the woodland path, building bird boxes and bug hotels and helping to prepare the area for planting. There’s a lot to do, but with 7 volunteers expected from Timberland, we will get a lot done.Our next gardening day is Sunday 22nd March, 2 pm - 3:30 pm. We'll be sowing wildflowers and planting along the woodland edge, admiring the daffodils, doing a bit of painting and sharing some cake & ideas. Come along!