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Community Green House from Recycling

Funded on Spacehive 23 February 2016 Delivered 19 March 2016

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Community Green House from Recycling

Community Green House from Recycling

Lewisham ArtsCafe By Lewisham ArtsCafe

When temperatures are inhospitable, new seeds need a safe, warm space to sprout, or plants need protection from wildlife or wind, a greenhouse can be a literal lifesaver!

Lewisham Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 23 Feb 2016!

Did you know you can build your own greenhouse to fit your space, using inexpensive, or better yet, recycled materials? some willing helpers and hundreds of plastic bottles, there's a much cheaper alternative: the plastic bottle greenhouse. With lots of children to help gather the bottles and wash them, it's a great re-use educational structure that really works. Any damage from wind or vandals can be easily repaired at little or no cost. We have 2 local Brownies that are interested in getting involved. At the moment we are collecting 2ltr. clean plastic bottles.

What we'll deliver:

  • We will involve community to build a recycled Green-House
  • We will plant herbs and vegetables for the community
  • We will support the educational aspects of recycling/ waste/ environment

Why it's a great idea:

It will be an opportunity for the community to get involve and engage in constructing a structure from recycled materials in order to grow organic plants. This activity will also engage various groups and families in our diverse and vibrant community.
We will encourage all age groups.
Currently we have 2 local Brownies aging from 7 till 11 yrs olds that are interested.

Steps to get it done:

  • Gather heaps of used 1500 plastic clear bottles for large size GreenHouse
  • Wash the bottles and remove the labels.
  • Fix 4 posts vertically into the ground
  • Make a frame for each side, roof, door etc
  • Stack the bottles one inside another with a garden cane supporti ng them through the middle
  • Place the bottles and canes onto the frames to be attached at the top and bottom of the frame
  • Using fencing staples attach both ends of the cane onto the frame
  • Screw completed frames onto uprights.
  • The roof can be flat or sloping
  • The sloping sides of the roof can then be screwed onto the top beam, gable ends and top of the side panels

Greenhouse Shopping list (for greenhouse of 6ft by 8ft and 6ft high) Materials:
4” x 4” posts
2” x 2” timber: Side frames
Back frame
Front wall and door
Top beam Top gables
Gable support
Garden canes 6 foot x 140 (approx)
Hinges for door
Fencing staples x 300 (approx)
Postcrete x 4 bags
Gravel / slabs / mulch matting
Plastic bottles x 1,500 (approx)

Tools list:
Spirit level
Mitre block
Saw x 2
Hammer x 3
Sharp scissors (as many as required)
Bucket of soapy water
Pinch bar
Measuring tape

Location Lewisham

About the space

ArtsCafe meeting point on the grounds of Manor Park


Lewisham Council

How will the money be spent?Total £355

Contingency - £100 (28%)
Food + Beverages for participants - £50 (14%)
Garden canes 6 foot x 140 - £37 (10%)
Gravel / slabs / mulch matting - £30 (8%)
Front wall and door 6 @ 6 ft - £23 (6%)
4” x 4” posts: 4 @ 8 foot long - £18 (5%)
2” x 2” timber: Side frames 4 @ 8 ft post - £16 (5%)
Front frame 4 @ 6ft - £15 (4%)
Back frame 4 @ 6 ft post - £15 (4%)
Gable support 6 @ 4 ft - £12 (3%)
Other - £39 (11%)

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.

Food + Beverages for participants
Garden canes 6 foot x 140
Gravel / slabs / mulch matting
Front wall and door 6 @ 6 ft
4” x 4” posts: 4 @ 8 foot long
2” x 2” timber: Side frames 4 @ 8 ft post
Front frame 4 @ 6ft
Back frame 4 @ 6 ft post
Gable support 6 @ 4 ft
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Roof sides 4 @ 8 ft
  • Postcrete
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £355

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