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 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.
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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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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