Last week the lifestyle brand Timberland helped to restore a garden here in the Bronx as part of both a current initiative and to commemorate 9/11. On September 11th, 2001 some Timberland employees were volunteering in the Bronx when the tragic events that day took place. Every year since then, members of the brand have gathered in NYC to give back to communities in need. This year, the brand was out volunteering in the Bronx as part of their five-year commitment to create and restore outdoor spaces in five U.S. cities by 2020.
So on September 8th, over 75 Timberland employee volunteers and guests will gathered together at the United We Stand garden in partnership with local non-profit GrowNYC to complete the transformation of the 32,000-sq.-ft. space in the Mott Haven neighborhood. The area had previously encompassed four separate community gardens for years, but after decades of use and a damaging fire, the gardens were cleared. Earlier this summer, under the guidance of GrowNYC, more than 100 Timberland and partner volunteers kicked off the project to create one new community garden for the neighborhood to enjoy.
Volunteers helped with planting, painting, building a stage and more to provide the neighborhood with a beautiful community garden functioning as both a destination for urban agriculture and an inviting outdoor hub for South Bronx residents.
The United We Stand Community Garden is located at 635 E 137th St (between St. Ann’s Ave. and Cypress Ave.) For more information, visit www.timberland.com.