Cultivate London gets a new patron and some money

Arit Anderson in Cultivate London’s Salopian Garden in Isleworth

Guest blog by Karen Liebreich

Cultivate London, the local environmental charity founded thirteen years ago with a mission to make use of unused spaces in London to grow vegetables and maintain urban green spaces, had a busy summer.

They moved their HQ, acquired new sites, acquired a new patron and received a substantial tranche of funding from LB Hounslow.

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This week Cultivate launches its new patron, Arit Anderson, star presenter of BBC TV’s Gardeners’ World and an award-winning designer and advocate of sustainable gardening practices.

A high-profile event at the Salopian Garden in Isleworth will bring together members of the local community who are interested in greening west London. Over freshly grown nibbles from the garden, plans will be hatched to make Hounslow and Ealing more beautiful, sustainable and bio-diverse.

Cultivate recently took over the planning and maintenance of several flower beds on Chiswick High Road (near Netheravon Road), funded by Chiswick Flower Market. Previously Cultivate had planted up the memorial garden on Turnham Green, as well as looking after many residential gardens and estates.

They have just been awarded over £28,000 grant from London Borough of Hounslow to encourage Growing in a Circular Economy. This will pay for ”community food growing incorporating the circular economy way of reuse, recycle, repair and share” through establishing gardening clubs to teach people how to grow food.

Cultivate uses ‘meanwhile space’, sites that are vacant while developers get planning permission, so every few years they have to move their HQ. Their latest move brings them into the heart of the South Acton Estate (north Chiswick!) where they will be creating an innovative bio-digesting project, and also brings them onto a new site on the South Circular, next to Ealing Riding Stables.

If you are looking for new gardeners, or run a housing estate that needs a new landscaping team, get in contact with cultivatelondon.org

Dr Karen Liebreich is a trustee of Cultivate London

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