Our teams worked with the Royal Borough during its public consultation exercises to establish the local community’s aspirations for their parks and open spaces, prior to deciding upon improvements to be made as part of the ten year Parks Strategy. We have also worked closely with local schools to raise children’s awareness and enjoyment of horticulture. For instance children from St Mary’s School designed the bedding for the front of their school which we subsequently planted.
Our Development Team has also formed successful working relationships with a number of volunteering organisations and has led numerous horticultural and ecology-focussed volunteering activities with corporate volunteers from local businesses within Holland Park.
We also assisted in the improvements identified by the North Kensington Environmental project 2009/10 which involved identifying and implementing environmental improvements to prioritised ‘grot spot’s. Some examples include converting Kensal Road open space, which suffered fly tipping and litter, into a pocket park by extensive new planting and paved seating areas.
Our investment in the local community extends to our recruitment polices as well. We currently employ two apprentices each year and encourage all employees to enhance their skills levels through undertaking training schemes in order to achieve NVQ qualifications in horticulture.