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Croydon Saffron Central

Funded on Spacehive 21 August 2015 Delivered 16 January 2016

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Croydon Saffron Central

Croydon Saffron Central

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A pop up Saffron Farm to share with all of Croydon. Bringing the Crocus Valley to every garden & belly in Town.

Croydon Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 21 Aug 2015!

Croydons name derives from the Anglo Saxon 'Croh Denu' meaning "Crocus Valley". It is widely believed that Saffron was farmed here by the Romans.

Croydon Saffron Central is a pop up Saffron Farm that will spread its corms throughout every ward of the borough after its first harvest.

Friends of Parks & Community Groups will be invited to take the Crocus Sativus to their respective wards where they can cultivate & distribute in their local communities.

Every Croydonnian should take pride when they see a Crocus in bloom, but especially when it's a Crocus Sativus (The Saffron One!).

This project is an community educational tool as the Saffron Crocus blooms in the Autumn & not the Spring.

Now is the time to plant the corms and reap their golden stigmas!!

What we'll deliver:

  • Distribute plants amongst 24 Wards of Croydon
  • Grow thousands of Crocus Sativus
  • Harvest Saffron & reinvest sales

Why it's a great idea:

Few people are aware of The origins of Croydons name nor its significance as a settlement to the south of London.

The Crocus Valley brings not only beauty but a chance to boost health & prosperity in every home.

More valuable than gold & with more positive health benefits than there's room to mention.

It is quite staggering that nobody has thought to farm this jewel on mass & share it with the good people of Croydon Town.

Inspired through research & a regular feature called 'Crocus Watch' on Made In Croydon at Croydon Radio. It's simply too greater opportunity to turn down when land in central Croydon - at Croydon Councils former main office - is made available for a temporary Saffron Farm!!

Steps to get it done:

  • Ask the people & businesses to Donate Pots
  • Invite Friends of Parks & Green Spaces to take the plants into the 24 Wards of Croydon & create Local Saffron Farms.
  • Purchase 10 tonnes of Earth
  • Purchase 20,000 Corms
  • Invite the Croydon Community to help plant corms & harvest the Saffron.

We will need volunteers to help prepare the site, plant the corms, harvest the saffron & distribute the plants.

Every ward in Croydon is welcome in equal measure!!

Location Croydon

About the space

Former Croydon Council office Taberner House


London Borough of Croydon

How will the money be spent?Total £4,043

Saffron Corms - £1,200 (30%)
Earth - £1,000 (25%)
Saffron Corms - £550 (14%)
Gravel - £500 (12%)
Reclaimed Scaffold Boards - £500 (12%)
Other - £293 (7%)

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.

Saffron Corms
Saffron Corms
Reclaimed Scaffold Boards
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £4,043

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