Nearly 100 U.S. Embassy volunteers will participate in a Day of Service event to commemorate September 11th.  Volunteers will restore the ‘American Ground,’ a 19th century garden in Battersea Park that will benefit from upgrading.

The Day of Service was inspired by President Obama’s ‘United We Serve’ initiative, a call to volunteers to perform acts of good will on September 11th.

The project, planned in conjunction with Wandsworth Council and Thrive, is the latest event in the Embassy’s ongoing volunteering program to build bridges with our future community in Wandsworth. The project is close to the location of the new U.S. Embassy site in Nine Elms.

Previous Embassy volunteering events have included a 25-person service event led by Ambassador Susman to refurbish an East London community center to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and an 80-person garden cleanup project with Thrive to mark worldwide Consular Leadership Day.

Founded in 1978, Thrive is a charity that uses horticultural therapy gardening to help people with disabilities and one of its project bases is located in Battersea Park. Thrive won ‘Best Urban Garden’ in this year’s Royal Chelsea Flower Show.

In anticipation of the event, U.S. Ambassador Louis Susman said, “We cherish this opportunity to get to know our future neighbors, roll up our sleeves and engage in a productive day of volunteering.  Contributing in this way we truly honor the victims of 9/11.  As we look ahead to our move to Nine Elms, we will continue these efforts to strengthen our partnership with the Wandsworth community.”

Susan Stuart, garden manager at Thrive’s Battersea Garden Project, remarked, “Days like these are wonderful opportunities for disabled people who are often socially isolated. They truly enjoy the social interaction as well as the chance to perform fulfilling work alongside new people.”