Our two garden gangs one at Ghyllside school with YR6 and Kim our fantastic professional gardener.
And with our YR 2 and YR1 garden gang at Stramongate School with Yakkers from Lakeland Radio. Getting ready to pick the apples once grown and turn them into apple juice.
Below are two audio clips of our garden gang talking to Yakkers, along with Mr Beresford, the deputy head at Stramongate School.
Celebrating Volunteers Week 2017!
Pilot projects in action in the local community
Some of our team have taken up small private gardening jobs in the community with our support to assist with their independence, doing those odd and time-consuming jobs for disabled and elderly people in the community.
More independent working for our service users
As part of our community work the team regularly visit a community allotment plot where they work as a team preparing the beds and choosing what to plant.
Kendal mint cleaners at work!
Supporting the national campaign of Keep Britain clean we joined the team of Kendal mint cleaners to tidy up the river bend alongside a section.
Easter project work
Working at St Marks school in the holidays the team have supported another local primary school with their fruit cage where it needed some new strawberry beds.
Planning and paperwork not everyone’s favourite thing!
The volunteers have been involved in evaluating the projects last year and making plans for the growing season in the sites we support.
Community engagement at a local special school
The team made up of support workers, volunteers and service users have been supporting a local Sandgate Primary School with clearing a disused area to assist the school with a new garden greenhouse project.
Christmas lunch for the volunteers with Santa making a special appearance!
Volunteers getting the opportunity to celebrate their success with Santa at the Westmorland hospital site canteen Christmas party! We have also been invited to a National Trust House at High Lickbarrow Farm Windermere where one of the team has been working closely with freelance professionals in the garden.
Morecambe Bay Health Trust Kendal branch
The team have been jet washing the courtyard at the local hospital community garden and helping the estates department to get rid of the pesky pigeons!
Thanks to the Community Roots Foundation Flood Relief Fund!
Our charity has been awarded a grant from the fund to support our charity with the move to the new offices, a settling in period and finding a way to move forward as a charity. We will get busy re designing, painting and moving in the new equipment to our Suite 2 at Sand Aire House.
Seed to soup success!
It’s been harvest time for the charity in four locations in Kendal where we have been involved in soup celebrations at schools, a local church and at the local hospital site.
New Skills for Young People
Our young people learning new skills with local professionals such as Paul from Jigsaw Landscapes in mixing cement and laying slabs and Scott freelance gardener in willow tunnel maintenance for Ghyllside School.
Youth in the Community
The Community Roots Project supported 80 young people over the summer, working in the outside environment supporting local schools and the Westmorland General Hospital Project, through the Inspira NCS program. Stramongate School, with Ali's professional help, have now planted up their seven raised beds, with carrots, pumpkins, potatoes, leeks, onions, and courgettes.
The Happy holiday Gardening Project was a great success over the holidays, giving parents and their children a chance to work together in the outside environment. This will hopefully lead onto summer projects in the future, where "Imatter" professionals can give assistance in a more one to one supportive role.
Stramongate School Space Cadets
Congratulations to Stramongate School space cadets for entering the RHS school guarding campaign for European Space Station involving Tim Peakes. We have entered all our results and are waiting to hear the news about the rocket seeds as Tim lands back on earth tomorrow. Thanks again to Kim and Sharron who have supported the children through this project.
We are looking forward to working with National Citizenship Scheme over the summer where some young people not in education employment or training will be volunteering on the Community Roots project in local schools and organisations in Kendal.
We are happy to extend an invitation to our June AGM. If you would like to attend, please contact us!
Furness Building Society
Thanks for the donation, we will put it to good use!
Kendal Mint Clean - Costa to Costa
A group of willing volunteers took part in the Costa to Costa walk great fun, community spirit finishing with a free drink from Costa thanks! With 20 bags of litter full, well done everyone!
The Allotment Project
The community allotment plot on Wattsfield estate has begun well, with a lot of effort from its workers to prepare the ground and get planting.
We are excited to be part of this European space agency project. Kim is heading up the experiments in two schools at Ghyllside and Stramongate. We will keep you posted with the results.
Kendal Mint Clean
A hardy group of willing workers supported the clean for the Queen campaign over the weekend. We didn’t expect to see some snow on the ground but a good effort was made all round in and around the Westmorland Hospital and road side. A 2nd group made a huge difference on the canal path by the leisure centre.
Sadly along with the Kendal Sea Cadets the unit we shared for our charity's head office was devastated in the floods. We lost 85% of paper records history of our charity from the last 7 years, office equipment damage and resources.
Freelance Gardeners Needed!
We're looking for Freelance Gardeners for the April - October 2016 season! Get in touch!
We have had a successful Community Roots year 3 project delivering General garden maintenance, Horticulture and Permaculture workshops, fruit, flower and vegetable school gardening sessions, open days and celebration events in 7 locations in the Kendal area. Over 500 children, 89 young people and 200 adults in the local community attending. Brilliant team work throughout, thankyou! Jan Quinn
We support volunteer placements and paid freelance and seasonal work in gardening, volunteer support and administration.
Please contact us via the website if you are interested in finding out more about these and others.
We are delighted to announce that Kendal Town Council has recognised our work in the Community Roots Project by presenting us with Gold in the 'Love Where You Live' Kendal in Bloom Awards.
Working in partnership with the National Citizenship Scheme, we have had 74 young people learn some new skills, and have assisted others in enhancing areas that have been previously neglected or underdeveloped. Some of the team assisted at the Beck Community Centre with their grounds work, and some maintenance in the Centennial Gardens.
The Heron Hill Care Home have had some of their grounds receive a garden makeover, much to the delight to the staff and residents.
Some local primary schools have had their Allotments, Flower Gardens & Pond areas receive some much needed maintenance.
The Community Garden at the Westmorland Site now looks amazing, with 75% of the allotment beds taken up by the hospital staff, wards and patients, working alongside adult volunteers from the Community Roots Project. A new feature is a herb garden for the hospital canteen staff to grow their own, with support from our volunteer team.
We would like to wish Kyle, our Community Roots Project volunteer the best of luck as he starts his University Degree in teaching. Kyle has been working at Stramongate School with children from year 2 on the allotment project. As a final thank you, the children presented Kyle with some red socks and wellies so that he can remember his time at Stramongate.
CONGRATULATIONS to our trustee David and his daughter Hannah, who took part in the Manchester Colour Run, raising money for Chestnut Events & the National Children's Charity.
Open Day Event April 2015
The launch in April of the Westmorland General Hospital Site was attended by 70 people from the hospital staff, patients, and the local community.
Wesmorland General Hospital's Newsletter
Check out our mention in the WGH's weekly newsletter!
For the full newsletter, find it on the hospital's weekly news page here
Community Roots Project Part 1 DVD
Please go and have a look at our new DVD showing the progress of Part 1 of the Community Roots Project as funded by the Big Lottery Fund and provided by Randomites TV Productions. Many thanks!
Westmorland General Hospital
An exciting new development in Yr 2 for the Community Roots Project is happening at the Morecombe Bay Hospital Trust Westmorland Site.
We have been planning and developing with local young people who are not in education employment or training a previously undeveloped space within a courtyard. Local professionals and organisations have teamed up with youth and adult volunteers from a variety of backgrounds working regularly as a team on a weekly basis in the outside environment. By supporting each other they have gained skills and learnt more about planning, design, joinery and the benefits of horticulture to support healthy living and healthy eating. Have a look at the photos here!
The Schools Programme
We have been working in 5 local schools during 2014 developing outside spaces for children and young people to learn more about fruit and vegetables, flowers and wildlife and working together healthily in the outside environment. Our Community Roots Project has begun to develop an outreach programme supporting the schools in the holiday period where a team of local professionals, youth and adult volunteers support the schools within the community sites. There have been art projects with mosaics, willow work, creation of wild flower meadows and pond development. Our core work has involved planning and design of new areas and maintenance and development of sites with fruit cages and allotment beds all enhancing the environment for the local community to enjoy. Have a look at the photos here!
We have created volunteering roles to support the projects in admin, gardening and general maintenance where youth and adults have worked together as a team and individually creating areas for development. Our young people whilst working together have made friends, worked as a team and shared stories and aspirations for the future. By learning and developing new skills the youth and adult volunteers are gaining more knowledge and new interests they have been and inspiration and form and integral part of the Community Roots Project. Have a look at the photos here!
We are looking to work with volunteers in a variety of ways to support our Second Year Community Roots Project funded by the Reaching Communities Lottery Grant:
- We are looking to encourage Young people 16-24yrs who are looking for a new challenge to work in the outside environment,
- 18+ Volunteers to get involved in Yr2 of the Community Roots Project supporting community gardens ,young people and schools within the south lakes area.
If you would like to get involved, please contact us here!
Community Roots Summer Program
A successful summer of activities are being planned for the Kendal community.
The Outreach Program
Activities supporting primary schools at Castle Park, St Marks, Staveley, Stramongate and St Thomas's has resulted in underused areas being developed and maintained.
The outreach service over the summer of 2013 has seen 4 Primary Schools receive a visit from the Community Roots Project team consisting of a volunteer youth team of young people and adults who have gained skills to support underused areas within the school grounds.
- Stramongate Primary School - received garden maintenance within their vegetable fruit and flower areas. They also won the Mayors special award Kendal in Bloom 2013 for its seed to soup work with Chestnut Events Community Roots Project.
- St Marks Primary school - received maintenance within their pond area
- Staveley Primary School - received maintenance within the garden and a re-paint of the shed
- Castle Park school - received support to create a wild life area
- St Thomas school - received maintenance within their vegetable plot area
- Queen Katherine School - won the Cumbria in Bloom young peoples award 2013.
Our Open Day on Saturday 23rd February was a huge success! Thank you to all those that came along and/or helped out in any way. Be sure to visit our 'Community Roots' webpage to find out more about the project and to take a look at some of the feedback we received and a selection of photos. You can also download and print a postcard that you can send back to us to request further information.
Young Adult Program
Are you 16 - 24 years? Are you looking for a new direction if you are not in employment, education or training? Do you like working outside the office environment? Maybe a new fresh outside project is for you......... ?! To find out more about a trial make contact with us.
Are you 18+ and interested in supporting our Garden Project in various locations in the Kendal Community? To find out more, please contact us here.
Seed to soup success!