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Make a Christmas wreath as community gardeners kick off the festive season

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The Hammersmith Community Gardens Association has a packed few weeks planned, kicking off with Christmas wreath making this weekend

Wintry days don’t have to mean frosty fingers – why not warm up with a little festive green-fingered activity?

The Hammersmith Community Gardens Association has a packed few weeks planned, kicking off with Christmas wreath making this weekend.

Under the shelter of the Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses, use pine cones, cinnamon sticks and autumnal greenery to create a wreath to adorn your door.

Everyone is welcome at the environmental charity’s drop-in event from 10am to 3pm on Saturday (3 December), with a suggested donation of £6 per wreath.

Meanwhile, Hammersmith’s Loris Garden is set for a spruce up the following day (4 December), as HCGA volunteers take part in a monthly gardening blitz to keep the green space tidy.

New volunteers can join the group from 11am to 3pm – whether for an hour or the whole day – and burn off a few pre-Christmas dinner calories carrying out tasks including weeding, planting, leaf sweeping and even wildlife surveys.

If you feel more like exercising your lungs, then the charity has organised a Christmas tree light switch on and carol singing afternoon at Starch Green, in Askew Road, on Tuesday 13 December. Father Christmas and his elves will be popping along to join the fun from 3.30-5.30pm.

Once the festive season is out of the way, the local charity is calling for ideas and suggestions for future work. The HCGA Annual Stakeholder Meeting and AGM will be held on 11 January from 11am-1pm, at Askew Road Church, in Bassein Park Road.

The meeting is an opportunity to meet staff and trustees and hear more about the HCGA’s work, which includes managing four community gardens in Hammersmith & Fulham.

Email bookings@hcga.org.uk if you would like to attend, or visit www.hcga.org.uk for more details.