£20,000 grant boost for Hammersmith Community Gardens Association charity

The funding will allow charity to expand its Grow Well programme supporting older people in the borough

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Liz Clark (right) of the Hammersmith Community Gardens Association helps plant a tree in White City

A Hammersmith charity which supports older people with mental and physical health issues has been awarded a £20,000 grant.

The Hammersmith Community Gardens Association (HCGA) has been given the money by the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, the City Bridge Trust.

The funding injection will allow the charity to increase and improve its Grow Well programme, which supports older people in the borough.

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Cathy Maund of the HCGA

The HCGA is an environmental charity set up in 1984 to manage four community gardens in Hammersmith and Fulham. The green-fingered group is financially supported by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

Its projects include conservation training schemes, volunteer gardening sessions, health and wellbeing drives, environmental playschemes and environmental education in schools.

The association assists groups in designing, planning and managing green spaces, as well as promoting environmental sustainability in the borough, maximising biodiversity and encourage wildlife.

Cathy Maund, association director, said: “As a small charity, we are delighted our work has been recognised, and we look forward to sharing this positive news with our volunteers, without whom these achievements would not be possible.”

The City Bridge Trust has been celebrating 20 years of charity support by making 20 special grants, with one of them benefiting the community gardens group.

The trust’s mission is to support disadvantaged Londoners. Trust chairman Jeremy Mayhew explained: “We are committed to supporting organisations such as the community gardens association helping to make London a fairer place in which to live and work.”

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The HCGA holds Mother's Day event with young people in Ravenscourt Park

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