Further Information about Ham United Group
HUG has strong ties with Richmond Environment Network, Ham and Petersham Association, Ham Amenities Group, Ham Close Residents' Association, Richmond Housing Partnership (RHP), the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Ham House, the Primary Schools, Meadlands and St Richard's & St Andrew's, and Grey Court School.
Funding for our wide range of activities has been raised through grants from Sports Relief, Civic Pride, RHP, Awards for All - Big Lottery Fund, Thames Community Foundation - Grassroots, Capital Growth, Grey Court School, the Ham and Petersham Association and Ham Amenities Group. In addition, up to £1,000 worth of tools, T-shirts and other materials were received from Fiskar's Orange Thumb Award.
Our projects have included the creation of community allotments, firstly at Ham House and more recently in the grounds of Grey Court School. An early, and still ongoing project has been the rejuvenation of Ham Library Garden. This has involved planting new flowerbeds to make a Bird and Butterfly Garden and the creation of a mini orchard. New benches and a tree seat have been installed in the Garden and two mosaics constructed, one near the entrance to the Library and the second on a shop wall in Ashburnham Road. Bulbs were planted on Ham Green and at the corner of Craig and Randle Roads, where two crab apple trees have also been planted. HUG was instrumental in providing the Fitpoint, an outdoor exercise facility, which is now installed on Ham Green and will open soon.
In 2009, HUG became involved in the Mayor of London's exciting Low Carbon Zone project as one of the main delivery partners. Directors and members of HUG have also pioneered the Ham Hydro project, a sustainable initiative, which aims to produce electricity from the Thames and use the income generated in order to fund other projects benefitting local residents. Both these projects have gained in momentum in 2010 and members of HUG are working hard to take them forward.