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William’s Happy Days - August 13, 2012

Local staff member and Mum, Diane, was intrigued when she heard that HUC were funding Hammersmith Community Gardens Association (HCGA). As the parent of a lively two year old, a community garden sounded like the perfect combination of space and children. Last week, she had a look at their summer programme and was delighted to find that every Wednesday in Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses HCGA run ‘Family Play Activities’. Anyone can turn up, there’s no need to book and it’s completely free.

So on 8th August, 2 year old William had a lovely time investigating – using all 5 senses – the many vegetables and herbs HCGA’s volunteers grow in Ravenscourt Park.) Recognising a “budding” gardener, the staff went off plan and let him water the plants – a highlight of his day! Once numbers of children had reached 6 or so, we all sat down to make lavender bags. We also made bath bags with oats and lavender in them (beauty tip; apparently oats make your skin soft) . After that it was into the herb garden to make our own perfume. William preferred to pursue an interest in natural history, chasing bees and butterflies so no perfume for Mum.

Overall it was an enchanting afternoon out where children and their parents had a lot of creative fun together and met other lovely (Diane and William are very lovely; Ed) people. William had his Nana staying with him at the time – the highly deserving and highly appreciative recipient of the lavender bag and bath bag.

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