The Nourish project

What is the Nourish project?

Nourish is a multi-pronged scheme to help residents be more resilient to food poverty and environmental deprivation.

It promotes community cohesion, greener living and the improvement of shared open spaces.

It comprises 3 distinct projects, two on the Edward Woods estate and one on the White City estate. Nourish will help with:

  • the development of green connections
  • enhancing the public realm and local environment
  • delivering facilities for residents to grow, cook and eat healthy food.

To deliver Nourish, Hammersmith & Fulham Council has invested £2.3million of funding, which is supported by a further £1.1million secured by the council from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund.

Nourish on the Edward Woods Estate

The Nourish Hub

The Nourish Hub is a project to create a new community kitchen, that will be a space for local residents to gather but also work as a commercial kitchen, providing culinary training. It will be created by refurbishing a disused space on the ground floor of Swanscombe House, 1 St Ann's Road, W11 4SS. See location on Google map

The hub will be run by food charity, UK Harvest, and will provide opportunities for local people to come together to cook, eat and learn about how to eat more healthily. Healthy food will be cooked and served daily on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis. The hub will also offer learning and training opportunities to local people. To find out more about UK Harvest's future services, or to register your interests in getting involved, contact Ffion Hayward at ffion.hayward@ukharvest.org.uk

Design of the hub

RCKa architects were appointed by the council to develop the design of the Hub working with key stakeholders.Public consultation events to explain plans for the Nourish Hub were held in April, May and November 2019. All events were well attended and positively received.

To view the proposals detailed in the planning application, search for ref. 2019/03028/FUL on the planning application search page

When will the Nourish Hub open?

The council’s appointed contractors - CarmelCrest started building works in Autumn 2020 to refit and refurbish the Nourish Hub, ensuring that the Nourish Hub can be delivered safely in line with government guidance on the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Works are progressing well - with the Hub ceiling receiving a dramatic facelift! In 2019, local children attended a branding workshop and created wonderful designs using fresh fruit and vegetables as inspiration. The result is a beautiful, bright mural which has been recreated and painted on the ceiling of the Nourish Hub. We are aiming to complete the building works and open the Hub in Spring 2021.

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Image caption: Image 1: Local children using fresh fruit and vegetables to create a design for the mural.
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Image caption: Image 2: The finished mural on the ceiling of the Nourish Hub.

Edward Woods rain gardens project

We’ll be working with Groundwork London to deliver schemes to stop localised flooding. These rain gardens are also called ‘sustainable urban drainage’ schemes (SuDS).

The Nourish project will deliver various green infrastructure projects alongside the rain gardens to help climate-proof the estate by providing innovative flood risk management and improve air quality across the estate.

We’ll be working closely with residents on the estate to determine where and how many of these schemes are included. Groundwork London has been engaging with the community to help guide this.

Improving open spaces on Edward Woods estate  

We have recognised potential opportunities for greening improvements in the Edward Woods Estate. Over the past few months, we have been speaking with residents and users of the Estate and identified four key areas for improvement;

  • Boxmoor House Green Space
  • Green space adjacent to the Edward Woods Community Centre
  • Swanscombe and St Ann's Road
  • Green Space by Hume House

For more information please look at the most recent design brochure and consultation report.

Groundwork London will be back to talk to residents in the Spring with updated concept designs.

Nourish on the White City Estate

White City rain gardens project

Groundwork London is delivering 3 phases of ‘rain gardens’ - Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems - SuDs projects on White City estates to improve climate resilience and air quality, as well as to enhance green spaces.

The physical works to create SuDS on the estate was completed in January 2021. Groundwork London's Green Team will continue to maintain the SuDS areas for the next six to nine months to ensure they establish well and thrive in the long term.

More information about the Nourish SuDs projects