Eagle Hill’s community garden between Meridian and Border Streets will get some extra attention through a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, The Trustees, and TD Bank.
The three year partnership will aim to expand the reach and highlight the role of community gardens in Boston’s neighborhoods, like the Eagle Hill community garden, through community-driven design projects, community-building events, and skill-building workshops.
The Eagle Hill community garden was one of 40 community gardens chosen for the partnership in the City of Boston.
“The community gardens on Eagle Hill provide green space for those who want to admire the beauty passively and for those who like gardening,” said Eagle Hill Civic Association President Debra Cave. “Thanks to Mayor Walsh for providing additional resources to enhance the experience for everyone.”
In addition, The Trustees, Massachusetts’ largest preservation and conservation nonprofit, will hold a series of community building events and skill building workshops for community gardens in Eagle Hill.
“I am proud that Boston is home to more than 10,000 gardeners and 200 community gardens spanning 50 acres across our city,” said Mayor Martin Walsh. “This City is lucky to have great partners like The Trustees, TD Bank, and dedicated members of our community to help advance the state of our public spaces by incorporating community driven design projects like this. Together, with our communities, we are making Boston a place where the gardening community can flourish.”
As the largest owner of community gardens in the city, The Trustees operates 56 community gardens located in Boston and holds events and programs throughout the year in Eastie designed to connect residents to the land, gardening, and community building.
Through the partnership between the city and TD Bank, The Trustees hope to grow these types of community and skill-building events by 40 percent through $225,000 in grant money from TD Bank.
“We are excited to partner with TD Bank and the Mayor’s Office to create these unique community-focused experiences in Boston community gardens,” said General Manager for The Trustees’ Greater Boston Vidya Tikku,. “We have a long history of working with public and private partners here in the City of Boston and around the state to advocate for green spaces and expand urban gardening, education, and community-building. This partnership will enable us to offer neighborhood residents new and creative ways to gather, learn, and enjoy our community gardens.”
TD Bank Regional President for Southern New England Mark Crandall said TD Bank is committed to creating a more vibrant planet and enhancing urban green spaces that bring the community together.
“ßAs a company with deep roots in Boston, we are excited about our partnership with the Mayor’s Office and The Trustees to enrich our community gardens,” he said. “Together, we expect this three-year collaboration to provide Boston with an array of cultural, educational, and environmental programs in gardens across the city for all people to enjoy.”