Chiswick House & Gardens take part in The Big Help Out

Image above: Chiswick House & Gardens; Jennifer Griffiths

‘Big Help Out’ to mark the coronation aims to raise awareness of the difference volunteers make to their local communities

Chiswick House & Gardens will be one of thousands of organisations across the UK welcoming volunteers as part of ‘The Big Help Out’ on Monday 8 May.

To mark King Charles’ Coronation, The Big Help Out aims to raise awareness of volunteering and provide opportunities for people to make a difference in their local community.

The Chiswick House & Gardens Trust say they rely on the generosity of its funders, members and patrons, “as well as the invaluable support of over 180 volunteers” to keep the gardens looking good for the thousands of people who use it each year.

Volunteers on Monday will be invited to work with the Chiswick House & Gardens Trust gardening team, weeding invasive species and developing habitat areas. Those who prefer to work indoors will be asked to help spring clean the Grade-I listed Neo-Palladian villa, either by dusting the interior using conservator-approved brushes and cloths or cleaning the stonework on the front and back exterior stairways.

The charity is also holding a Family Gardening ‘Speed Weeding’ Challenge, open to all ages. Rosie Fyles, Head of Gardens at Chiswick House & Gardens Trust, said:

“Volunteering is a brilliant way to get out and about, meet like-minded people and contribute to making your local neighbourhood a bit better. We can’t promise that on 8 May, but we can promise fresh air, good conversation and feeling like you’ve helped and achieved something.”

Also on Monday Chiswick House Dog Show will be organising a ‘Doggie Dash’ on the Western Lawn at 1.00pm. The Kitchen Garden will also be open from 11.00am to 4.00pm, with free entry for members.

Images above: Apple picking and gardening – two of Abundance London’s projects

Volunteers awarded by Mayor of Hounslow

The Mayor of Hounslow hosted an event on Friday celebrating the work of volunteers in the borough. Councillors were asked to nominate people for their work, from which the Mayor picked one from each ward.

In Chsiwick Karen Liebreich MBE, Richard Jennings and Jill Spencer were chosen. Karen runs Abundance London, the environmental group which organises gardening on bare patches of unused land, plants trees, organises schoolchildren to harvest fruit and provides community art projects.

Richard has helped many people in Chiswick challenge fines for parking or driving on roads with restrictions, who were either wrongly penalised or were unaware of the restrictions. Jill organises monthly litter picks on and around Turnham Green, and has been one of the organisers of the new Chiswick Repair Cafe.

Image above: Image above: Organisers of the Chiswick Repair Cafe,, Jill Spencer second from the right

Want to know where you can volunteer in Chiswick?

The Chiswick Calendar has a Volunteering Directory, in which we list as many of the organisations we know about in and around Chiswick who rely on volunteers to run their projects. Have a look at the various options here: Volunteering Directory.