New Ravenscourt Park Glasshouse to Become Community Hub

Will host activities for residents including gardening and yoga

The Mayor of H&F, Cllr Emma Apthorp, cuts a cake to officially open the new glasshouse
The Mayor of H&F, Cllr Emma Apthorp, cuts a cake to officially open the new glasshouse

May 2, 2023

A new community glasshouse has been unveiled in Ravenscourt Park and is set to become a hub for local residents, with gardening, wreath making, yoga and volunteering among activities planned.

The light and airy new glasshouse is the culmination of several years of planning and a £112,000 fundraising drive by environmental charity  Hammersmith Community Gardens Association (HCGA) which received support from the council.

Replacing the former 1960s glasshouse with the new green hub has been part of a long term plan by HCGA – which manages another three community gardens in the borough – since it began working at the  Ravenscourt Park  site in 2004.

Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham, Cllr Emma Apthorp, and Hammersmith  MP Andy Slaughter  joined HCGA, local residents, supporters and volunteers to officially open the new glasshouse in Ravenscourt Park last week.

Simon Beale, chair of the charity, explained: “The project has taken several years to achieve but we have now created a green venue for the benefit of the local community.”

As part of the design, a mosaic depicting scenes of trees, flowers, and wildlife including birds, butterflies and bees was created by community gardener, Myra Heller.

The new community glasshouse in Ravenscourt Park

The new glasshouse received additional funding from The Mayor’s Fund, local businesses and individual supporters to ensure it could be completed.

Work on the glasshouse project initially got under way in 2021 , but stalled during the pandemic. The  foundations were laid at the start of 2022 , with further work to develop the structure and install the glass panels taking place over the past year.

Local businesses including Sam's Riverside, W6 Garden Centre, and Roots and Berries also supported the launch event.

The glasshouse will be open to the public on 10-11 June as part of  London Open Gardens weekend, along with another eight gardens in the borough, ranging from Fulham Palace Meadows Allotments to Emery Walker’s House in Hammersmith Terrace.

To find out about events and workshops at Ravenscourt Park Glasshouse, visit the  Hammersmith Community Gardens Association website and sign up to receive the newsletter.

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