THE VALUE WE PROVIDE
The idea of Progress was originally devised for a programme incorporated in drug rehabilitation. On speaking to an attendee of a leading rehabilitation centre in South London, his words about the proposal were: “If you look after a plant from young until it blooms, its growth can only reflect positively within you”.
Since 2008 Progress has been working with a number of high level multi national cooperate companies as well as governmental departments to create and develop inner city food growing spaces for a number of low income areas.
These spaces have served to create areas of social inclusion for multi cultural communities through the purpose of inner city food growth. The age range for our participants has been from 2 to 96 years old.
Our aim has been to give back to the community’s physical spaces for the purpose of well-being and to create a sense of community at a time when it is very much needed through function and beauty. Progress facilitates Corporate Social Responsibility volunteer days throughout London.
Progress horticultural projects offer children a much-needed opportunity for healthy physical exercise within designated school hours, and a chance to learn about basic biology, the environment, and nutrition.
More importantly, since our work began in 2004 we have found that many of our student participants maintain interest in the project on weekends and over holidays.
The projects provide children with routine, which may be integral to keeping at-risk and idle youth off the streets and away from criminal affiliation.
we identify issues to be improved on a specific site.
This will usually include weeding, tidying, creating food and flower beds, sowing seeds, installing self-watering systems, and other tasks that will provide local residents with a manageable area on which to grow their own food over many years.
Progress then devises a long-term crop rotational plan to ensure continuing sustainability of the project, and actively engages local residents to maintain the project.