Help Dartford's Nature & Mental Health!

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Help Dartford's Nature & Mental Health!

Help Dartford's Nature & Mental Health!

North West Kent Countryside Partnership By North West Kent Countryside Partnership

Transforming an under-used woodland/ river area in Dartford's Central Park by improving habitats for wildlife and creating a community growing space with and for people with mental health issues.

Dartford Delivery stage

£145
pledged of £12,967

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

Our project brings together people with mental health issues to help improve a forgotten area within Dartford's Central Park for the benefit of wildlife. The Ecology Island has a variety of riverside wildlife such as water voles, and a sense of peace that is rarely found in urban environments. Sadly, the site is rarely used and attracts antisocial behaviour and fly tipping; brambles are taking over, and invasive Himalayan Balsam is clogging up the river banks. The island is in desperate need of regular care and use. So far, we have put in dead hedges (vital habitat), cleared the river of litter, and planted saplings to increase the variety of trees. We need your assistance to keep the project funded for the future because the site has great potential for wildlife and people. Our group has become a family, working towards a common goal and able to share our feelings in a safe space. With funding, we will be able to come every week, help the environment and feel better in doing so.

What we'll deliver:

  • Develop accessible growing spaces for healthy food and wild flowers
  • Look after the woodland for wildlife e.g. bramble clearance, litter picks
  • Create homes for wildlife e.g. bird and bat boxes and insect homes
  • Improve sustainability by on-site composting and water conserving

Why it's a great idea:

This is an opportunity to achieve two wonderful outcomes through one project - rescuing a beautiful woodland space and allowing a group of people with mental health issues to benefit from volunteering outdoors. This site has amazing potential – given the chance it could be a jewel in the heart of Dartford for both wildlife and people. The woodland and river are home to a wide range of species such as the endangered water vole; we wish to maintain their habitat so that these animals continue to thrive here. Growing spaces would combine the need for healthy eating options with providing food sources for birds and insects. This group has formed a close bond through taking ownership of the site; they feel comfortable enough to share their thoughts and feelings in this safe space, without the fear of stigma which is so often attached to mental health issues. Funding to allow our group to meet over a longer period of time would provide hope for the future; a bright light on dark days.

Steps to get it done:

  • Write simple management plan for site and plan year's work accordingly
  • Build raised beds and buy plants/ seeds
  • Plant up raised beds
  • Create wildflower area
  • Run bird and bat box building workshop
  • Put up bird and bat boxes
  • Carry out habitat management continually, according to plan
  • Litter pick river bank
  • Carry out wildlife ID training session
  • Carry out Invasive non-native species ID training
  • Carry out habitat management workshop (use of tools, scrub clearance techniques)

Please watch our project video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGWVSV57tlM Staff from North West Kent Countryside Partnership will be present weekly to lead the conservation activities, and make sure that the site is managed in the best possible way for its wildlife. Staff from North Kent Mind will be present weekly to help the group through any tough moments and make sure they feel totally supported at all times.

Location Dartford

About the space

Ecology Island - a secluded woodland area with the River Darent running alongside.

Council

Dartford Borough Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £12,967

NWKCP staff member to facilitate group weekly over 30 weeks - £4,800 (37%)
North Kent Mind staff time to support participants weekly over 30 weeks - £4,800 (37%)
Materials (seeds, plants, timber and tools) - £1,500 (12%)
North Kent Mind staff time to monitor participants' wellbeing through WEMWBS quarterly - £600 (5%)
Other - £1,267 (10%)

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.

37%
NWKCP staff member to facilitate group weekly over 30 weeks
£4,800
37%
North Kent Mind staff time to support participants weekly over 30 weeks
£4,800
12%
Materials (seeds, plants, timber and tools)
£1,500
5%
North Kent Mind staff time to monitor participants' wellbeing through WEMWBS quarterly
£600
10%
Other
£1,267
  • Spacehive fees
    £585
  • Transaction Fees
    £565
  • VAT
    £117

Overfunding

This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on: We will use any extra funds to continue the group beyond one year, and to buy any extra materials that we need such as extra plants and seeds.

Total £12,967

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