project forges ahead with help from Orpington volunteers
13 October 2017
A community project in South East
London, which is geared towards increasing the confidence, skills and wellbeing
of local residents, has moved a step closer to its launch with a helping hand
from a team of our volunteers.
Edible Rotherhithe is aiming to transform
vacant area of land at the rear of a social housing estate into a thriving new
community space. The project is geared towards supporting the
well-being of local residents through carpentry, arts and crafts, and food-growing
activities, so they feel able to access local training, employment and other developmental
volunteers from our Southern Risers depot in St Mary Cray pitched in to help at
the project site near the Silverlock Estate in Rotherhithe. There they levelled
off and cleared an overgrown area to make way for a new polytunnel, and painted
a 20’ by 8’ shipping container which will be converted into a ceramics
heard about Edible Rotherhithe from the local tenants’ and residents’ association
(TRA) when they were in the planning stages for a project to renew gas risers
in Millender Walk.
Project Manager Steve Martin explained: “We met with the TRA
to explain what the work would involve and they told us we would need to take
into account the Edible Rotherhithe project, which backs onto the estate.
gives everyone a day each year to make a difference in their local community,
so when we met with Christina, the CEO of Edible Rotherhithe, and heard about
her plans, we asked if there was anything we could do to help the project get
off the ground.
Christina and her team were quite surprised at how much we managed to get done
in a single day. We also enlisted the help of three of our contractors, GH
Preston, K&S Pipe Contractors and Actionshake Limited, who donated the paint
and paintbrushes as well as other materials and ducting, removed all the weeds
we had cleared from the site and gave us the use of a digger free of charge for
Wheatley from Edible Rotherhithe said: “The team from SGN were absolutely
wonderful. Right from our first meeting when they came to talk to us about the gas
riser work, their main concern was to minimise its impact on our project.
“The work they
did to level out and clear the area that was overgrown with weeds would’ve
taken four of us three whole days on our own, so it was a massive help to the