Offering quality gardening services whilst creating
WHAT WE DO
Bring out the best in your garden.
A beautiful garden is a source of pleasure, pride and relaxation. It can be a great space for entertaining and can even increase the value of your property. Sycamore Gardening will create, bring back to life and maintain every aspect of your garden.
We deliver competitively-priced garden maintenance services for properties in and around Hull. Whether it’s a large or small garden, private communal grounds or commercial property, our team provides an efficient and reliable service.
WHO WE ARE
A business with a difference
– a social enterprise
By hiring Sycamore Gardening you are also helping people living in one of the UK’s most challenged communities, to come together and transform their life chances.
At no extra cost, we provide paid work placements, which allow employees to build experience, develop work habits and the skills needed in an accessible trade. We aim to be the secure and supported first step into the job market, which is elusive to so many young adults growing up in our community.
All our profits are either invested to offer more placements or used to benefit the Boulevard community by funding our charity work with families and young people.
WHAT WE DO
Sycamore Gardening services cater for everyone; from those looking for complete, care-free maintenance of their garden to those needing assistance with one-off jobs like a garden tidy-up.
We offer a personalised service, depending on your needs, with discounted rates for scheduled services; weekly, fortnightly, or monthly.
We’re happy to give a free no obligation quote for any work.
WHAT WE OFFER
Who We Are
Since the collapse of the fishing trade, the Boulevard/Hessle Road community has suffered with long-term unemployment and this has contributed to creating many severe difficulties and barriers for local people. Government statistics suggest our community is amongst the most challenging places to live in the country (IMD 2019). In 2019, Hull Daily Mail reported that Hull was the hardest place to find work and the pandemic has only made things harder. Many of our community’s challenges stem from the impact that a lack of meaningful employment has on person; emotionally, socially and physically.
With Sycamore Gardening we aim to do something about this social injustice. We aim to create opportunity where there is little. It can be the catalyst its beneficiaries long for; enabling them to pull themselves and their families out of poverty with an earned income.
It serves those who have been long-term unemployed or struggled to hold down a role, but predominantly the young adults struggling to get their first paid position.
The opportunity to work alongside our experienced and passionate lead gardener builds confidence, develops essential skills and importantly is the chance to gain experience which will be a springboard to move onto further training or long-term employment.
Sycamore Gardening is a social enterprise run by the charity Hull YFC (Registered Charity Number: 1050216).
Hull YFC are an established team of Christian youth and community workers who have been living on the Boulevard, West Hull since 1995. They believe in living alongside people in areas that are not the most glamorous, safest or most prosperous. By building long-term committed relationships they support children, young people and families to overcome the problems associated with living in such places and to fulfil their potential.
The Sycamore Gardening team is fully equipped with hand tools that have been generously donated by our two corporate partners. Fiskars and Burgon & Ball have supplied us with their finest tools from our earliest days. We are extremely grateful for all the support they are giving to our enterprise and to our aims of making a difference in the lives of young people in our community.
Making A Difference
My name is Scott and I am 21 years old. Currently I live with my partner and our two very young children just off the Boulevard. For almost all my life, I have lived and grown up in this part of West Hull.
Throughout my life I have never had a male role model. My mother was rarely interested in us (‘us’ being myself and my two sisters and brother). We eventually found ourselves living with our grandmother. In spite of her best efforts, our grandmother had difficulty controlling us appropriately and we were continually ‘in trouble’ both at home and in school. One of the inevitable results of this was our poor education. For me personally, this has created a whole range of difficulties and complications throughout my life.
After leaving school with no worthwhile skills or qualifications, I did not engage in any form of self-improvement until I was sentenced to a four-year term in prison. I served two years of the sentence during which time I enrolled in various classes and courses. I thoroughly enjoyed learning and eventually passed all my courses and training with ‘flying colours’.
My low level of education has played a significant role in my ability/inability to secure any gainful employment. Coupled with the prison sentence, which hangs around my neck like an albatross, potential employers consider I am not ‘suitable’, despite being young, fit and boundlessly enthusiastic.
Richard recently approached me and asked if I would be interested in joining Hull YFC’s new venture. Of course, I leapt at the offer.
I have known Richard since primary school, and he is more than familiar with both my past and my character. Being part of this project has already given me such a lift and I know it will bring so many benefits, not only for me personally, but also to my family. It’s the chance we needed. In addition, I am really excited to be involved in the early stages of a venture which will serve to help others in my community. Importantly too, it provides me with an EARNED income!