Hounslow Council’s partnership with Cultivate London is providing job opportunities for hundreds of Hounslow residents.
Cultivate London, an urban farm and social organisation, trains disadvantaged and unemployed young people in horticulture and landscape gardening, a programme supported by the council.
Based across Brentford, Isleworth and Acton, the company also works to introduce people who might not have the opportunity otherwise, to the benefits of fresh produce, its origins and access to growing and eating affordable fresh food.
Hands-on training and work experience are provided as well as support into employment or further training.
Since 2013, hundreds of young people from Hounslow and Ealing have taken part in Cultivate London’s Traineeship and Apprenticeship programmes, with more than 300 local students and residents getting the chance to do work experience or voluntary placements.
One example of the partnership can be seen at the front of the Civic Centre, where a flower bed is currently in full bloom, thanks to the hard work of apprentice landscapers from the scheme, who were given this to do for the council as part of their training.
Councillor Corinna Smart, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure, Hounslow Council, said: “This project is exciting and importantly is getting people into work and learning a skill.
“As a council are extremely happy to support such a scheme as it will give lots of our residents the chance to get involved in something that will be good for their health and environment, but also lead to full time job opportunities.
“The flower bed is amazing and lovely to look at as you walk into the Civic Centre, so hopefully there will be more to come from such programmes as this, as it can only be a good thing.”