Our Community

Welcome to our Community Pages where you can find out about our chosen charities for 2020 as well as see what is happening above your heads while you shop.

Our Charities of the Year

  • The Maypole Project

    The Maypole Project aims to relieve and help preserve the mental and physical well-being of children and young people who have complex medical needs and disabilities and to support their family members as well as others who are affected by their suffering and, in certain cases, bereavement.

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  • Age Bromley UK

    Age UK Bromley & Greenwich is an independent local charity. We’ve been working in the local community to help older people for over 30 years, starting out as Age Concern Greenwich (1986) and Age Concern Bromley (1997) before merging in 2011 and becoming Age UK Bromley & Greenwich.

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  • Bromley Autism Partnership Program

    CASPA are working together with the Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group to help with the planning of the services at the new Autism Centre of Excellence in Bromley.

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Biodiversity at The Glades

The air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat all rely on biodiversity. Biodiversity is about diversity – the range of different living things and systems in an area. The more plant, insect and animal species there are in one area the greater the biodiversity and the healthier the ecosystem.

The biodiversity around us was an inspiration to Charles Darwin, who lived in the borough for forty years and gave him insights into the variety and complex ‘functioning’ of the natural world. It is this natural world on which we strongly depend for our health, wealth, food, fuel and more!

Here at The Glades we are making use of a previously disused roof top garden that can be seen via the walkway link to the Pavilion Car Park and transforming it into an area for wildlife to help the natural world.

In October 2019, we announced our plans with our educational event ‘Wild Glades’ in which we opened up our own ‘natural history museum’ equipped with a mixture of wildlife specimens to study, including crabs, voles and fish, as well as small bones and fossils, much of which can be found in your back garden or surrounding areas.
Since then, the team have worked with biodiversity experts Artecology to further develop the roof garden, sowing literally thousands of wildflower seeds, and installing Biototems and nest boxes.

After less than a year, we’re delighted to report that the invertebrate and plant species count in our roof meadow is way up! Back in August, more habitat for solitary bees were also added, as well as a series of micropools that will benefit a myriad of species from birds to insects, and even aquatic animals.

Check out the below timelapse to watch the team in action

Check out our beautiful Biototems and bird boxes

New habitat for solitary bees