From Monday 30th April to Wednesday 1st May the third inter generational gardening took place in Colindale.
A volunteer from the Jewish Volunteering Network and refugees linked by the Barnet Refugee Service who aim aims to create a society that respects and values difference between people and sees this difference as an asset where refugees and asylum seekers recognise themselves and are recognised by others as human beings of equal status.
The refugees were mostly from Afghanistan and Iran, taught young people from Dwight School basic gardening skills. Together they restored an overgrown allotment in Sheaveshill Avenue, Colindale, and planted vegetables which, when harvested, will be used make healthy inter-faith meals.
They also created a small flower garden with a bench where local people can relax. People aged 15 to 75 took part in the project, from 12 different national backgrounds and 4 different faiths.
The programme is funded under the Mayor of London’s Team London volunteering initiative; further projects are planned for Woolwich, Hounslow, Finsbury Park and Chislehurst.
Warwick Hawkins MBE, strategy adviser at Faiths Forum for London said:
“I was delighted to attend the event in Colindale, it was heartwarming to see the different communities come together. In light of atrocities around the world including Sri Lanka, Christchurch and San Diego, small acts such as this give us hope that there is good in the World.”