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We specialise in growing plants and people and now we need help to grow ourselves.
196 backers pledged £15,120 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome to our Kickstarter page and thank you for taking the time to view our Kickstarter video!

The adjective most commonly used by first time visitors when describing HCGC is ‘oasis’. Which is exactly what we are. Amid a sea of bricks and asphalt, we arose from a piece of scrubby grassland in 1998 and are now a tranquil green landscape alive with birds, insects and small animals.

We are a not for profit organisation that brings the local community together through gardening and provides vital green space for all to enjoy, relax in, learn from and be part of. We offer a range of volunteering and training sessions: working with groups with learning disabilities and mental health issues; toddler groups; school groups; probationers and mainstream volunteers who help develop, maintain and manage the gardens. Each week up to 100 volunteers engage: with ages from 6 months to 83 years old, from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, both local and not so local.

As well as all this... we are also a fully stocked Garden Centre!

Recently we have acquired land adjacent to our main centre. Over the last year Laing O'Rourke, Hewden, Vodafone, Ernst and Young, The Co-op Bank and Siemens have been laying the foundations turning a disused carpark into a secure, clean and usable area. We now have wheel chair access throughout most of the site, rain water harvesting and a brand new fence.

We are in a great position but need your help. We have the foundations to move forwards and need capital to put towards:

Finish The Forest Garden (£500) - upgrade paths, continue landscaping and add more specialist planting. Create clear and accessible signage and information for visitors.

Compost demonstration area (£1,000) - create clearly marked bays for different waste streams. Create clear and accessible signage and information for visitors.

Volunteer hub (£4,000) - insulate, create doors and windows, bring in electricity and water, install a wood burning stove and comfy seats.

Raised beds (£1,000) - For our wheel chair and senior users raised beds are vital. Having planters at waist high makes them a whole lot more accessible.

Materials - Timber for raised beds, organic compost, accessible path ways.

Digger for drainage (£500) - We have a detailed design for a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) for the site extension. We now need some heavy machinery to create rills and ponds. This is because all of our surface water is utilised on site rather than going down the drain. 

Tools (£1,000) - Hammers, Drills, wheelbarrows ...

Protective clothing (£500) - Gloves, boots, waterproofs...

Composing toilet (£5,000) - We already have an existing accessible compost toilet but we have too many people and not enough conveniences. Our site has no main sewage system.   

Volunteer supplies (£1,500) - a constant supply of fair trade tea, coffee and hot chocolate, organic milk and juice, the occasional biscuit and a huge amount of toilet paper and hand wash ensure our volunteers remain happy and keep coming back.   

Our lovely hand made Ladybird paper weights.   Hand made paper weights. Be careful they don't scurry off...
Our lovely hand made Ladybird paper weights. Hand made paper weights. Be careful they don't scurry off...
HCGC Seeds - Sow them where you want... Or make a bee bomb!
HCGC Seeds - Sow them where you want... Or make a bee bomb!

Our Naked Calendar! As past of the World Naked Gardening Day we have taken pictures of our lovely staff in the garden, baring all! More info can be found here. Alternatively you can opt for a HCGC photo calendar taken by Colin our resident wildlife photographer. Also includes a Ladybird paperweight.

Candle lit Garden Party - Exclusive invite for you and a friend to a candle lit Garden Party with live music and nibbles in the beautiful surroundings of our community gardens. Spaces strictly limited.
Candle lit Garden Party - Exclusive invite for you and a friend to a candle lit Garden Party with live music and nibbles in the beautiful surroundings of our community gardens. Spaces strictly limited.
Straw Bale Classroom Hire - Half a day hire of our volunteer built straw bale classroom with full access to the community gardens - an ideal place to hold an inspiring meeting or event.
Straw Bale Classroom Hire - Half a day hire of our volunteer built straw bale classroom with full access to the community gardens - an ideal place to hold an inspiring meeting or event.
Straw Bale Classroom Plaque Pledge Wall
Straw Bale Classroom Plaque Pledge Wall
Business Plaque engraved with your Logo - Your company logo machine wood burned on a plaque placed on the donor wall.
Business Plaque engraved with your Logo - Your company logo machine wood burned on a plaque placed on the donor wall.
Corporate Challenge Day - Great team building, inspiring surroundings and lots of fun! Help us build something that will help us and the community!
Corporate Challenge Day - Great team building, inspiring surroundings and lots of fun! Help us build something that will help us and the community!

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If you have any questions about this project, don't hesitate to ask!

Risks and challenges

Due to the nature of the project the risks are low. The main challenge completing the site improvements within a defined time scale. However we have a team of 10 dedicated and experienced staff and over 100 amazing volunteers to help us manage this.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    LADYBIRD PAPER WEIGHT
    A lovely ladybird paper weight – come and choose your own or have us ship one to you. Hand painted at the centre by our marvellous volunteers. (Postage applies)

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    HCGC SEEDS
    An exclusive pack of HCGC seeds. Also includes a Ladybird paperweight. – (add £2 postage for overseas please).

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    Pledge £15 or more About $19

    HCGC ORGANIC PLANT
    Organic, peat free vegetable plant or perennial flowering plant from our hand picked selection. Plus a hand painted lovely ladybird paper weight.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $25

    NAKED GARDENERS CALENDAR
    Our Naked Calendar! As past of the World Naked Gardening Day we have taken pictures of our lovely staff in the garden, baring all!
    More info can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/p45vkqv

    Alternatively you can opt for a HCGC photo calendar taken by Colin our resident wildlife photographer.
    Also includes a Ladybird paperweight.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    WORKSHOP
    Place on any of our 2015 workshops see link here (booking required).

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    Pledge £35 or more About $44

    WORKSHOP + LEGACY
    Place on any of 2015 workshops plus your name engraved by hand on the donor wall on our straw bale classroom.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $63

    CANDLE LIT GARDEN PARTY
    Exclusive invite for you and a friend to a candle lit Garden Party with live music and nibbles in the beautiful surroundings of our community gardens. Spaces strictly limited.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $125

    STRAW BALE CLASSROOM HIRE
    Half a day hire of our volunteer built straw bale classroom with full access to the community gardens - an ideal place to hold an inspiring meeting or event.

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    Pledge £300 or more About $373

    X-MAS TREE
    We'll bring a 8 foot British grown christmas tree to your home or business and decorate it with our natural and handmade decorations. (Greater Manchester only!)

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    Pledge £500 or more About $621

    CORPORATE CHALLENGE DAY
    Up to 20 people: great team building, inspiring surroundings and lots of fun plus your company logo wood burned on a plaque on the donor wall. (Contact us to book your day)

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,242

    CORPORATE CHALLENGE DAY +
    Up to 50 people: great team building, inspiring surroundings and lots of fun plus your company logo wood burned on a plaque on the donor wall. (Contact us to book your day)

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,242

    COMMUNITY GARDENS HIRE
    Private hire of the garden area. This includes the Straw bale house, Eco Tunnel and forest garden.
    Perfect for corporate events, wedding receptions, events, birthdays. Also includes a PA sound system. (Please contact for more info/Bookings)

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About $6,207

    LEGACY PROJECT
    An opportunity to create a legacy project here at the centre: includes 3 Corporate Challenge Days plus materials to create a complete project such as a compost toilet or landscaped garden area or a discreet element of a larger project with your logo clearly displayed as main sponsor. (Please contact for more details and booking)

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About $6,207

    FULL GARDEN CENTRE HIRE
    Hire the full garden centre site from 6pm till 11pm. Licence and catering available. Ideal for a unique corporate event, wedding receptions, events, birthdays. Also includes a PA sound system.

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Funding period

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