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 and reconnect people with nature and protect 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 in the railway bridge at Turnham Green Terrace and the Piazza alongside, recently refurbished, as well as flower beds throughout the area, for example on the corner of Sutton Court Rd outside the Town Hall.
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
To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.
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.