Environmental and educational community projects in Chiswick
Abundance London is a voluntary organisation, founded in 2010, that harvests surplus fruit, plants orchards, hedgerows and trees, tries to reconnect people with nature and protect it in an urban setting, creates beautiful spaces, mainly through planting but also through art.
A new artwork for the Fourth Plinth
Suzan Inceer, A Quiet Sarnie under the Tree of Life
Suzan writes: I wanted to squirt some humour into the over-used visual symbol ‘The Tree of Life.’ This is a real show-off of an old oak tree that says: ‘I am here’… and what’s more I have been here a lot longer than you and I will continue to reach out beyond you and in spite of you! MORE
Abundance London Treasure Trail
Abundance London has been creating little gardens around Chiswick for the last decade. Small corners that fell through the cracks and had become areas for flytipping and rubbish collection have now become small pocket parks.
Follow this Treasure Trail around Chiswick, stamp the orienteering punch you will find in each garden in the correct square on this map.
Urban Planters, a wonderful local company that designs, sources, installs and maintains indoor and outdoor plants, has generously sponsored this competition, so we can offer voucher prizes to those completing their Treasure Trails. Each month we will draw winners from the entries and you can win £££ of gardening vouchers to spend at your local garden stores.
Rules: One entry per person. Please leave the punches in position. If a punch is missing, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to get a map: Either download and print out. Or pick up a map from: Chateau (213 Chiswick High Road W4 2DW), Postroom Cafe (2 Bedford Corner, South Parade, W4 1LD) or Sabel Pharmacy (446 Chiswick High Road W4 5TT).
To send in your completed Treasure Trails: Either scan and email (make sure the punch holes show, you might need to add a black dot on each hole), along with a photo of yourself at one of the gardens. Or drop completed maps to one of the pickup points. Make sure to include your contact details.
Abundance Seed Swap
Collect your spare seeds – packets that you know you’ll never use up, seeds you have collected, familiar or unusual varieties, veg or flowers.
This year – with lockdowns, Grow Your Own interest, and seed shortages due to Brexit – it’s definitely time to start up a seed swap.
If you donate seeds, you’ll get free seeds in return.
WHY: Find plants that have flourished in specific local conditions; experiment with different varieties; find unusual or unexpected plants; save money; enjoy local, cyclical exchange within the community.
WHAT: Send, drop off or arrange for collection of any spare flower or vegetable seeds. Come to our stall at Chiswick Flower Market and choose your ‘swap’. (If you had no spare seeds to give, you can make a small donation – 50p per seed pack.).
HOW TO GIVE US YOUR SPARE SEEDS: There is a collection box at Planet Organic, Chiswick High Road (on the right, just inside the entrance) Or post seeds c/o: Polly Westlake, 66 Horn Lane W3 6NT. Seeds can be (safely) collected by arrangement by: email@example.com.
WHERE TO GET YOUR SEEDS: There will be a Seed Swap Stall at the next Chiswick Flower Market, lockdown permitting, the first Sunday in March, April and May.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SEED DONORS: Please ensure your seeds are in dry, well-sealed envelopes or packets, and properly labelled. Make sure the label includes:
- Plant name: [eg Tomato]
- Species: [eg Gardeners Delight]
- Date collected or bought: [eg September 2019]
- Any other information: (eg. F1, heritage, rare, delicious…)
Abundance London helps local people cope with their fruit gluts, we organise volunteer picking sessions, and school picking trips.
Abundance London creates and organises quirky projects that transform rundown eyesore sites, trying to create beauty, biodiversity, information and fun.
Abundance London newsletter
Once or twice a month we send out a newsletter, updating you about forthcoming fruit picks and new gardening or regeneration projects in the area.
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