Volunteer Chiswick: Abundance London
Abundance London is a voluntary organisation with charitable aims, founded in 2010 to make the most of Chiswick’s public spaces and to make sure that fruit crops don’t go to waste. Volunteers harvest surplus fruit, organising groups of school children to pick fruit in gardens where the owners have more fruit than they are able to cope with themselves. They plant orchards, hedgerows and trees, working with local schools, volunteers, businesses, community groups and local government.
“We try reconnecting people with nature and protecting it in an urban setting”.
Abundance London has created many beautiful spaces, mainly through planting but also through art. Most notable among the group’s achievements are the Chiswick Timeline mural under the railway bridge at Turnham Green Terrace, the W4th Plinth in the Piazza alongside, and the temporary Butterfly Wall at the police station, as well as small pocket gardens throughout the area.
The organisers put out calls for help when they need volunteers for particular projects. Sign up to their email list through their website for volunteering alerts, but also keep an eye on Twitter. They particularly need volunteers to help keep the little gardens maintained; they create small teams of volunteers who look after a specific garden, keeping it litter-picked, weeded and watered. If you live near one of their little gardens and think you can help, please get in touch.
Contact Abundance London
Image above: Abundance London’s ‘Tarmac garden’, so-called because it was created in shallow earth on top of broken tarmac
Read more about Abundance London
Read more about some of the things Abundance London has done in Chiswick: tree planting; the Chiswick Timeline; the launching of the Piazza in Turnham Green Terrace; collaborations with the Cookbook Festival
Read a profile of co-founder and director Karen Liebreich here.
Read more about volunteering opportunities in Chiswick
See also: Chiswick House & Gardens
See also: Dukes Meadows Trust
See all the charities and not-for-profits listed in our Volunteering Directory here: Volunteering Directory
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