Volunteering at Jubilee Gardens

We volunteer for many different reasons. Perhaps

  • we believe in a cause (i.e. demonstrating for freedom and against tyranny)
  • We want to meet new people (i.e. adult education classes)
  • we need to get back into the rhythm of work
  • we hope to connect to a purpose greater than ourselves
  • we wish to feel better about ourselves
  • we want to achieve something worthwhile
  • we join with others to create an uplifting performance
  • to leave our mark (i.e. architecture & grafitti)
  • to help others (usually within families, but often to alleviate suffering or poverty)
  • to pass on skills (ie. sports coaching or good governance)
  • to learn new skills

There are many reasons why we engage some way or other in volunteering, some more satisfying and meaningful than others.
If we can open up the Jubilee Gardens project to participation by thousands of volunteers then all of the above postive gains can be fullfilled, in a big story that unites the poorest (homeless people and job seekers), with the head of state: the Queen.

Map of Jubilee Gardens and vicinity

In short: the project is to give Jubilee Gardens to the Queen on the sixtieth anniversary/Jubilee of her reign and to transform Britain’s most visited piece of grass (in front of the London Eye) into a Garden. The year for the Queen’s sixtieth Jubliee is 2012, so there are Olympic reasons for making sure this busy space is sorted.
We need to ensure that participation and volunteering is not just a token gesture. Rather than another example of us watching bemused while the world changes around us, let’s make sure we have a community enterprise where people join together and deliver a world class gift for everyone to enjoy.

“This is a warning against excessive ambition, pointless sophistication, the sham of those “instant gardens” popularised by a certain kind of modern horticulture; it is a call to let time flow and for everyone to adapt to that rhythm, as it is the natural rhythm of man and things……….A happiness which is not static or sudden, not a miraculous gift that descends to man from above, but an active, patient achievement which comes from below.” Flavia Arzeni “An Education in Happiness” 2008

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