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Supporting our community

As a long-established family-run business, we at Kebur believe in supporting and connecting with our local community. Over the years we’ve helped schools, clubs and charities to bring the positive power of gardens and nature to their communities. 

Kebur Community Projects

Our gardens and outdoor spaces have never been more important to our wellbeing and to wildlife. So, every year we donating £3000 worth of garden materials from our store to three ambitious projects that are transforming their spaces for people and nature.

Whether it’s a peace garden, community allotment or a play space, if you’re a school or not-for-profit group with ideas for improving your outside space, we love nothing more than to help our communities to grow! See how we’ve helped previous winners below. And get more ideas on growing in your community.

We’re delighted to be working in partnership with CMPP (Connecting Business with Community). This means, if you need boots on the ground to get the project done, CMPP can connect you with volunteers from local business.

Who can enter?

Any community group in Surrey, North-East Hampshire or South-East Berkshire can enter.

When’s the deadline?

Entries are now closed for 2022. We’ll be relaunching our campaign in Spring 2023. Follow us to stay up to date.

Willow dome in grassy area by woodland

Farnborough Grange Nursery and Infant School – winner of Kebur Community Project 2022

The winning project for 2022 is to develop a willow dome into a reading area at the nursery and infant school, that will connect children with nature and stimulate their imagination.

The judging panel (which included members of local community groups and broadcaster, Peter Gordon) chose Farnborough Grange because it aims to provide much needed outdoor green space for children and their families. Said Jo Holtom, Kebur Business Partner, ‘helping children to access outdoor spaces is so important for their development, and every year is critical, especially when so many have missed out on so much during the pandemic. We are delighted to be donating garden materials to help create a much-needed magical space for children’.

Madeleine Church, of Farnborough Grange, described the impact that the donated materials would have, ‘We have been working on developing children’s love for reading and they shared that they would love a reading and chill out area outside. When I told the children that we had been successful in receiving the grant, they were so incredibly excited. Developing this space will allow our children time to enjoy the peace of being outside, which we know is crucial to supporting mental health. This will really make a huge difference to our children and our outside area’.

More winners of the Community Project Awards 2022

Kebur has also awarded free materials to Challengers to develop an outdoor vegetable project for the benefit of children with disabilities and their families. And Badshot Lea Community Association will be given rocks and paving slabs to complete their wildlife pond that is for the whole community. By creating a wildlife pond, the association plans to transform the garden and increase biodiversity; children will be able to use the paved area for pond-dipping to learn about wildlife.

Girl picking strawberries

The Green Hub Garden – winner of Kebur Community Project 2021

The winning project for 2021 was the Green Hub, chosen for its potential to have a significant impact on local young people with mental health needs. The judges were also impressed with the detailed planning and other resources the group had put in place to make it happen.

The Green Hub Project for Teens is a new local community project offering social and therapeutic horticulture therapy to teenagers between 13 and 18 years with low to moderate mental health issues.  In partnership with the NHS, they enable teen referrals to enjoy nature, while gardening alongside and interacting with skilled volunteers and other teenagers.

 

‘We are absolutely thrilled,” said Green Hub Founder Tone Tellefsen-Hughes. “This makes it possible to bring the garden vision to life and allow us to start helping teens in need. I just want to thank Kebur from the bottom of my heart for making this possible.’

The goal of the project is to achieve positive, measurable outcomes for teens’ mental wellbeing and the development and application of a range of learned skills. Over time, the vision is to provide a wider range of therapies and life-skills workshops, and to help set-up and mentor similar projects in other areas.

Jo Holtom, Kebur Garden Materials Business Partner, commented ‘The judges chose Green Hub garden project because of the huge impact it should have for young people facing particular challenges at the moment. We’re absolutely delighted to be supporting this pioneering local project’.

Supporting local wildlife

With our site in Lynchford Lane at the heart of the Blackwater Valley, we are pleased to be a corporate member of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust (BVCT). The Trust helps valley residents get the most out of living here through events, walks, talks and projects that improve our local environment. Alongside its membership scheme, the Trust is building links with local businesses like Kebur that aim to support and improve the environment. We’re excited to be able to support and share the valuable work the BVCT is doing for our community. The Trust has some great ideas for wildlife-friendly gardening and helps us share these on our regular blog.

 

Connecting people with outdoor spaces

Every Spring we run a Kebur community project, inviting schools, clubs and societies to enter with ideas for how they could use our garden materials to improve their facilities.

Some of the organisations we’ve helped:

  • 2019 The Matrix Trust, Guildford; Ready 4 Action Annual Social Action Project. Materials have been used by 200 local volunteers to repair fences and make gardens safe and secure for those who are physically or financially unable to do so for themselves.
  • 2018 Owlsmoor Primary School, Sandhurst; Lily’s Friendship Garden
  • 2017 Fernhill School (Farnborough); memorial garden for Stacey Burrows
  • 2016 Sebastian’s Action Trust (North Waltham); pathways for a respite home for seriously ill children
  • 2015 York Road Project (Woking); helping the homeless and creating a community garden
  • 2014 Weybourne Infants School; wildlife learning area complete with summerhouse
  • 2013 St Michael’s Project Group (Camberley); community gardens
  • 2012 Cove School; gardening and eco club built vegetable patches/raised beds
  • 2011 Change of Scene (Rowledge); laid pavement to prevent children having to walk through mud
  • 2010 Ticehurst Nursing Home (Aldershot); improved garden and paths
  • 2009 Hawley Scout Group; fenced off area to make camping safe, built rockery for climbing

Ready 4 Action weekend – May 2019

Pictured left, Kebur Tony congratulates Danny from the Matrix Trust. This garden was one of many that were revived with support from their huge team of volunteers and Kebur Community Challenge. The garden was in quite a state when the beneficiaries moved in, but they had made a lot of effort to tidy it up. However, a big hole was found in the lower level of the garden. The beneficiaries had tried to build a retaining wall but it wasn’t a permanent solution and the cost of building it properly was too much for them. By using railway sleepers provided by Kebur, volunteers built a permanent retaining wall to make the garden safe for the family to use again.

Owlsmoor Primary School Friendship Garden – April 2018

This Sandhurst primary school was voted the 2018 winner of the Kebur Community Challenge (see below). Our donation of £2000 of garden materials has gone to reviving the school’s Friendship Garden for Lily. Lily sadly and suddenly lost her life due to sepsis in 2017. We were touched by the support from so many people who voted for the project. They clearly felt the garden was a really important place for reflection and needed extra help and materials. We think the finished space looks like the perfect place for pupils to relax and take time out.

St Peter’s Primary School forest school area – March 2018

Children from St Peter’s Primary School in Farnham enjoy learning outside whatever the weather under their forest school canopy. We were delighted to make this possible by donating materials for the canopy.

Kebur Community Challenge award – May 2017

We announced Fernhill School in Farnborough as our chosen winner of the Kebur Community Challenge 2017. Our donation of £2000 of garden materials has gone to creating a memorial garden for Stacey Burrows, who tragically lost her life aged 16, while running in Aldershot.

Stacey Burrows garden after