Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Core Landscapes now offers both in-person team-building days and online alternatives to for fill your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) criteria in imaginative ways.

In person option

Our out-of-the-office team building days can cover a range of activities depending on the season – and what needs doing in our 3 gardens, our street greening project and the meadow and orchard in nearby Homerton Grove. But whatever the time of year, and whatever the weather, they are always:

  • Fun and rewarding
  • Bespoke
  • Well-organised
  • Fully supported

We have over 10 years experience of collaborating with 1000’s of corporate volunteers from over 40 companies, setting up and managing community growing projects, involving a wide range of beneficiaries, over 4 different sites in 3 East London Boroughs. Core Landscapes is experienced in all different growing conditions and has overcome numerous challenges inspiring others to grow gardens anywhere, anyhow to promote positive mental health for all using sustainable growing techniques. This results in rewarding team building days for your employees.

We cater for large or small groups and aim to create a bespoke day based on your specific requirements.

Activities can include challenging physical work or gentler more focused tasks, depending on the needs of the people taking part, all coordinated by enthusiastic and friendly staff. Training is given on the day and volunteers’ ideas and skill sets are utilised wherever possible.

Past projects include creating a green roof, constructing seats and window boxes, designing and planting up containers and bug hotels, and building ponds. The aim is for people to feel rewarded by what they can achieve together in a day and clearly see the difference their help has made in supporting our charity. Corporate feedback is unanimously positive from a wide variety of companies.  People particularly enjoy learning new skills in beautiful outdoor spaces, the teamwork challenges, the mental respite from an office environment and knowing they are helping to support a project with a large impact in the local community and beyond.

By engaging in our innovative multi award-winning project you are developing green spaces in Hackney for community wellbeing that help people recover from, manage and prevent mental ill health.

Virtual option:

For employees working from home but still want to support us from home…
*Group Webinars *Virtual tours *Gardener’s Question Time

In response to the pandemic and home working Core Landscapes created a series of online options around sustainable food growing; for teams to access together as an alternative to in-person CSR days if required.

Viewed in the context of climate and ecological emergency mitigation these options explore sustainable growing techniques and show simple things you can do to have a positive impact on the environment as well as improving your mental health in the process.

Option 1 Interactive Webinar
What is Sustainable Food? – 1.5hrs
An overview of Industrial v Sustainable Agriculture and why we need to understand it for the future of the planet. It links community and individual growing within a global context, offers inspiration on how to get involved and why we need to look at the bigger picture as home gardeners and food consumers.

Option 2 Interactive Webinar
Sustainable Food Growing at home – 1.5hrs
Focuses on all the key issues of individual and community organic food growing in London and the UK. How to access your site, choose what to grow, source seed, manage “pests” organically and enjoy your crops.

Option 3 Forum
Food Growing Gardeners Question Time – 1hr
A chance to ask all those food growing gardening questions without the use of herbicides, pesticides or peat-based compost with the opportunity to show your plant queries on screen.

Option 4 Virtual tour – 1hr
A virtual tour round Core Landscapes’ community gardens and street greening projects in Hackney, showcasing innovative water saving techniques for garden irrigation you can try at home.

All options include Q&A time and list of resources.
For costs please contact us directly.

Delivered by Core Landscapes project director

With over 10 years experience in adult education, with training delivered for the RHS, London’s community food growing network Capital Growth, the UK wide network Social Farms and Gardens, the Recovery College Tower Hamlets as well to numerous community growing projects across London. Nemone has gardened organically for over 4 decades, is RHS qualified and a trained garden designer. She is passionate about connecting people to gardening for the benefit of the grower, their local community and the wider environment.

For more information, please contact Nemone Mercer, Core Landscapes project director at 07585 770868 or via

Core Landscapes – promoting positive mental health and wellbeing for all.

“I thought the information was delivered really well, I liked the interaction”

“I’ve had team messages already telling me they’re inspired to get a few pots going on their balconies this weekend – and I am now eagerly awaiting a time when I might be able to volunteer for such an awesome community project.”

“It was great, really enjoyed it thank you”

“Thank you so much for that thoroughly enjoyable webinar!”