Massive Clean-up by Heathrow Volunteers at Southall Allotment
The staffs from Heathrow’s commercial division are the second airport team to work on the Edible Landscape Project and others are planning to lend their support later in the year. Funding towards the project has also come from the airport’s grant-making charity Heathrow Community Fund. Team London and Big Lottery have also given support. The 0.3 hectare site has been unused for many years and Green Corridor is keen to restore it back to use for the community around it.
Green Corridor's Project Delivery Manager, John Arcus said ‘Our vision for the garden is an edible landscape combining vegetable plots and orchard, managed by community representatives, where we can deliver land-based activities to young people. We hold a regular Friday afternoon session for volunteers and activities on other days for groups as requested. No experience is necessary, we provide the tools, a drink and friendly welcome – and we want enthusiastic people to come along and get stuck in!’
For the Heathrow volunteering day, Ealing council provided a large grab truck and thirty volunteers formed a human chain , passing fly-tipped rubbish down a narrow alley way. It took two hours to fill.
Said John: ‘The amount of fly-tipped rubbish on the site has to be seen to be believed. Because of the narrow access we required a large team effort to remove the rubbish; so thank you to Heathrow staff and our volunteers for their heroic effort.’
Throughout the whole day, teams cleared weeds, dugout and prepared gardens, built a tripod, hand winched tree stumps, cut and clean-up sapling poles, shredded mulch for paths from vegetation, cleared paths and ‘strimmed’ a large area of blackberry—all to bring the neglected allotment back to life.
If you would like for information on how your orgnasiation can provide volunteers to support Green Corridor please email Ricky Meet - Ricky@greencorridor.org.uk.