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Bourne Under Cover

Funded on Spacehive 16 March 2021 Delivered 28 October 2023

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Bourne Under Cover

Bourne Under Cover

Louise  Ely By Louise Ely

Funds are sought for completion of a permanent dome structure on the site of Bourne allotments, London. The dome is beautiful and unique, using reclaimed materials in its construction.

Southgate Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 16 Mar 2021!

A beautiful, used geodesic dome, has been gifted to BOURNE allotment community who have no UNDER COVER shelter to come together for events. Meetings require renting a space. We have people for whom events in cold/wet weather is a health risk and gatherings are limited without shelter. The dome, an arts project created & donated by artists Darren Ray & Andy Webster, was made from recycled materials. A magical naturally lit space with transparent top panels revealing the sky, the dome is visually exciting outside and profoundly calming inside. But it needs repairs. On an unused communal plot we will renovate & waterproof the dome together in workshops with co-creator Darren Ray, making flooring, waterproofing & learning skills which, with a new tools library, will ensure maintenance & sustainability. We will make seating & create a surrounding green space with fruit trees & wildflowers. The project aims to inspire other communities whom we can help to make their own shelter.

What we'll deliver:

  • A Renewed Dome Shelter 6m diameter, 3m high.
  • Workshops: Skills & Building
  • Community Tools Library
  • Wood Flooring for Dome
  • Green Space with Fruit Trees and Wildflowers
  • Outdoor seating

Why it's a great idea:

The project will bring community together in physical & social activity learning new skills as we renew the dome and create a green space where there was unused ground. Sited adjacent to a new wildlife pond it will be perfect for events like: - shared lunches & meetings - educational talks & workshops - fundraising & outreach - site related group activities. It will ensure inclusion for older plotholders providing protection from wet/cold conditions once it is floored & waterproofed & opportunities to connect with neighbours & other groups, bring people together more often and offer a space for enhanced wellbeing and less isolation. It is an inspiring environmentally aware example of reuse and recycling. We hope to help other groups we know who are interested in building their own shelter. It gives us post pandemic hope and in renewing the dome we will renew our community and together create something beautiful and uplifting that we can be very proud of & share with others!

Steps to get it done:

  • Create a community tools library
  • Deliver workshops to teach skills, renewing & waterproofing
  • Build wooden flooring inside dome
  • Provide seating and table
  • Plant fruit trees and wildflower
  • Lay woodchip

Our dome has been exhibited several times as an arts project based on the 1970s Drop City settlement in Colorado, US. This was a place for 'Droppers' - inventors, artists & free thinkers trying experimental ways of living. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller they built geodesic domes from recycled materials & reclaimed timber. Artists Ray & Webster drew inspiration from this approach to shelter building & its relevance today. Our dome has been exhibited & rebuilt & repurposed already many times (www. We transferred the dismantled dome before first lockdown. Council undertook to clear & level the overgrown communal plot to site the dome but this was postponed in lockdown so eventually we did it ourselves working very hard, safely, over many sessions. With Darren’s help we erected the dome & covered it to store over winter. It is in need of alteration, repair, waterproofing & safe flooring. We intend to be recycling where possible subject to pandemic restrictions.

Location Southgate

About the space

The project will be in a suburban allotment site in Southgate, North London off a main road, The Bourne, and enclosed by houses backing onto the perimeter. It has 21 plots, one of which has been difficult for growers and became unused. It is now communal and will be used for the project.


London Borough of Enfield

How will the money be spent?Total £5,182

WORKSHOPS SKILLS & BUILD D Ray x4 weekends for 16-20 people - £2,360 (46%)
Community Tools Library compiled DRay - £1,234 (24%)
Wood Flooring - £1,196 (23%)
Eco Friendly Life Time Wood Treatment - £234 (5%)
Other - £158 (3%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

WORKSHOPS SKILLS & BUILD D Ray x4 weekends for 16-20 people
Community Tools Library compiled DRay
Wood Flooring
Eco Friendly Life Time Wood Treatment
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £5,182

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Hedging skills Dry stone walling skills Green wood working skills
  • Reclaimed wood for flooring
  • Reclaimed paving for paths

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