PayPal and Timebank volunteers clear up at Canbury Community Garden

idverde UK would like to thank volunteers from Timebank and Pay Pal Richmond, who joined our partners from Canbury Community Garden to help them establish a new community garden at Canbury Garden in Kingston upon Thames.

After a brief introduction to the project by Marilyn Mason from the Canbury Community Garden and volunteer brokers, Timebank, the volunteers split into teams, led by idverde’s Andrew Kauffman and Get Set volunteer, David.

Team 1 cleared the remaining scrub cover required to start to layout the community food growing beds

Team 2 started to construct new raised planters using timber donated from this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Reuse Scheme.

Once the work was complete and the teams had stopped for a well-earned rest, Marilyn Mason from the Canbury Community Garden group said:

“What a difference a day makes! I was amazed by how much the volunteers achieved. Clearing all those brambles and branches has made such a difference, opening up the space and making it much lighter – and it even looks bigger. We can now get on with planning the rest of the raised beds, and maybe even get a few plants into in the one made by the volunteers before winter. Thank you all so much!“

Rachel Carder from corporate volunteer brokers, Timebank, added “It was a pleasure for TimeBank to work again with the team from Canbury Community Gardens. The volunteers loved the experience and achieved so much in a short amount of time!”