Groups work together to plant community spirit
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Jul 10, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Groups work together to plant community spirit

Our London

Dear editor,

My family’s Canada Day activities included spending time with neighbours, seeing the fireworks display at Harris Park and gardening at Beth Emanuel Church.

Beth Emanuel Church is a powerhouse in our community. Not only is it a place of sanctuary, but is also a place of learning and healing. Each week the volunteers at Beth Emanuel Church feed over 200 vulnerable people at their Thursday and Sunday community meals, which is a mighty big task.

Over the past week and a half the volunteers at Beth Emanuel Church have worked tirelessly to install a new community garden.  The charge was lead by Natasha Hockley, the director of London Liberty Gardens. LLG once existed in the London’s south end, but due to property conflicts, had to move in haste.

When London’s Food Not Lawns heard of this, they linked LLG with Beth Emanuel Church, and now the garden has a home at 460 Grey St.  LLG will now fulfill its mandate as a teaching garden that when harvested, will also provide the food for the weekly meals previously mentioned. This is such a beautiful story of multiple organizations coming together to work toward a common goal for the betterment our community. 

If London residents would like to volunteer with planting, maintaining or harvesting the garden, please contact Natasha Hockley at

In addition, if you have any garden tools, such as a wheelbarrow, hoses, tomato cages etc. that you would like to donate please let Natasha know.

Tanya Park, SoHo Community Association

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