Corporate Green Days.
Some River of Herbs projects have been directly funded by one-off grants (such as our Schools Project) but most of our activities are not and rely on donated plants and materials (such as the Frankendael Orchards and Tuintje 77). We need extra funds to cover new and expanding projects so we invite businesses to support us in exchange for their employees spending some green time with us. Please don’t be limited by the options we offer, if you have another idea do contact us as we are very flexible. The main Corporate Green Day options which we offer are:
A. Orchard Green Day / Half Day
Park Frankendael, Oost Watergraafsmeer
Most Wednesday mornings throughout the year, RoH volunteers work on tasks in our community herb orchards. These are four beautiful semi-wild spaces in one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful parks. RoH adopted the orchards from Stadsdeel Oost in 2014. We run them as teaching gardens and a source of herbs for the local community. We can welcome up to 16 Corporate Green Day helpers at a time. This is suited to people who want to:
- Improve the environment
- Learn organic gardening / permaculture skills
- Learn how herbs can help wildlife
- Bond with colleagues a relaxing nature setting
- Help develop a community herb garden
- Feel the dirt on their hands!
Our orchards are situated behind Huize Frankendael. We plan specific tasks in advance of corporate visits, to suit the needs of your group.
Options include willow weaving, seed saving, rare plant cultivation, wildlife surveys, herb cultivation, building wildlife shelters, barefoot paths, fruit tree pruning and far more.
Cost: €20 per person half day
B. Street Gardening
Ideally close to your office (so your green team can take care of it afterwards).
River of Herbs leaders are specialists in transforming neglected patches of waste land such as tree pits (boomspiegels), pavement gardens (geveltuinen) and roadsides into a blaze of colour and scent, to catch the eyes of bees, butterflies and people. We can work with helpers from your company (max 30 people) to transform a local street or neglected patch of land. Perhaps the street where your office is located could use a makeover? Perhaps somewhere close by which needs a herbal boost?
This is suited to people who want to:
- Improve the local environment
- Make a fast visual impact
- Bond with colleagues
- Improve urban biodiversity
- Create a street-side herb garden for wildlife
- Advertise their collaboration with RoH on treepit signage
This option does involve some forward planning by our team (e.g. adopting spaces from the council, buying plants, making signs, making bug hotels) but it is a task we love and are experienced with. With a group of able helpers from your business, this is also a quick way to improve your area and to show your neighbours that you care for the local environment. There is ever increasing evidence that growing plants in urban areas is linked to increased social cohesion and reduced crime rates. Greening urban streets helps people, plants and wildlife to thrive!
Cost: €50 per tree pit (+€20 per sponsored handmade wooden sign, +€10 per bug hotel)
If you would like your business to come and work with River of Herbs but you don’t see an option to suit, please let us know. We are very keen to forge links with small and large companies and are open to suggestions about how this could work to the benefit of both parties.
Use of funds
Any income received by River of Herbs helps to pay for projects such as our training days, herb orchard maintenance, school and community herb gardens, running costs of the vereniging and the development of a new therapeutic gardening center in Amsterdam.
Please contact Lynn Shore via firstname.lastname@example.org or 06 275 96930, to discuss how your business can become involved with River of Herbs this spring or summer.