Since our charity started in 2007 we have worked with a variety of organisations throughout the South Lakes area. We value their time volunteering with us, and their support for our charity in the local community.

Royal Horticultural Society Campaign for School Gardening - 2016-Present

The society has been supporting the charity with their schools project with resources, vouchers and seeds. They have given us local and national competitions to enter as well as recognising our work in 2018 with a 5 star achievement standard.

Kendal Town Council - 2016-Present

Our volunteers tell us they like entering local competitions such as Kendal and Cumbria in Bloom supported by the town council. Receiving the Love your Community gold award in 2016 was a highlight for them.

Kendal Mint Clean - 2016-Present

We support the Mint Clean project by organising and joining events locally with our litter pickers. The team enjoy the social side of this challenge and know they have made an instant difference to the community.

4th Kendal Scouts - 2014-Present

We have been working with Ali and Micheal, a leader for 4th Kendal Scout Group, for the past 3 years at Stramongate school. The scout group support the charity in a volunteers role at the school to assist with the outside jobs, general maintenance of the allotment, and the fruit and flower patch. The scouts also gain skills and support the community garden to help with their own badges whilst working together as a team.

Sandgate Senior School - 2014-Present

As part of our mentoring programme pupils with serve learning needs from Sandgate Senior School visit our community garden at the Westmorland hospital Site they spend time in the garden following instructions, communicating with the team and participating in the grounds work.

Santander - 2016

Staff from Santander Kendal spent the day supporting our charity at Ghyllside School. They assisted us to create a garden from a disused area by creating raised beds for allotment work and a flat area for benches and a greenhouse.

St Mark's Church - 2014-Present

Each year the Rev Angela Whittaker celebrates a harvest festival including the produce grown through our charity at St Mark’s School in Natland. The pupils harvest their home grown produce and display it in church. Later on the same day the produce is turned into soup at St Mark’s School for pupils and adults.

Cancercare - 2016-Present

The charity were seeking venues that had under used grounds for the team to assist develop over the summer months. Cancercare welcomed the team made up of youth and adult volunteers and staff in for 2 days to assist with their garden used by staff, volunteers and service users. Some of the young people offered more time particularly the ones that had been affected in some way with friends and family. The gardens were transformed where plants were moved to more appropriate positions, trees and shrubs were pruned and new bulbs planted.

Natland Village Church - 2013-Present

Each year St Marks primary school harvest the vegetable plots that the chestnut team and pupils have been maintaining over the year in the October term. Rev Angela welcomes the pupils and invites them to bring the harvested vegetables to display alongside other gifts from the community for an open festival in the church. It’s a celebration of the end of a seven-month project for the charity and the school where the pupils then prepare the vegetables and taste test the home-made soup and share it with the school community as a whole.

INSPIRA - 2012-Present

We have developed a partnership with Inspira and the National Citizenship Scheme they run for young people. The organisation assists as to facilitate a working space in the community for young people some of whom are disadvantaged and not in education employment or training. The large groups over the summer made up of 90 young people and 10 staff support the charities staff and volunteer team in the community locations across Kendal. The young people have the opportunity to plan and develop spaces, learn new skills, meet and socialise with others and evaluate and give feedback about their time. A small group of young people from these events continue to volunteer for 12 weeks in a specific programme to make a portfolio of their work in community spaces our charity supports.

Morrisons - 2012-Present

The supermarket chain had a promotion to offer “Grow Your Own vouchers” in their stores for local schools and organisations to collect and redeem for growing resources and equipment. Representatives from the supermarket also invited a small group of identified pupils with the charity to visit the fresh fruit and vegetables section to see what happens to the produce when it arrives at the store. The children also invited the staff to attend the school made soup tasting at the allotment harvest time.