You can help our Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden grow

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 14:44

The fabulous Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden is now open for the summer, but it needs your support.

A true oasis at the heart of London, Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden boasts riverside views, allotments, fruit trees and a wildflower meadow. It’s a truly unique space for our visitors to enjoy special events and performances, or simply to unwind.

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But the Roof Garden, which was designed by the Eden Project in 2011, also has a deeper significance. As well as helping local communities, families and school children learn about gardening, the Roof Garden is maintained by volunteers from Grounded Ecotherapy, each of whom have experienced homelessness and mental health or substance abuse problems.

I come up here because it takes the problems I’ve got out of my mind for a little while, because I’ve got this to think about instead.
Graham, volunteer

Many of these volunteers often start out with no gardening experience, but looking after this space at Queen Elizabeth Hall has enabled them to develop both their skills and their horticultural knowledge. It’s an opportunity that can be truly empowering, and give many of our volunteers a real confidence boost. In the past three years, 10 of our gardeners have gone on to further employment.

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Being able to be focused on this and learn something I enjoy doing has saved my life. It has saved my relationship with my family; it has done me the world of good.
Paul, Head Gardener

Help the garden flourish

You can support Paul and our other volunteers, and help keep this free public space open and thriving for everyone to enjoy this year by making a donation.

A £5 donation could buy one of these items:

  • Three packs of vegetable seeds
  • A bag of peat-free compost
  • Two plants or herbs
donate today

Give your support with a £5 donation, by texting GROW03 £5 to 70070.

Or, make a donation of your choosing online.