Doxford Walled Garden

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Doxford Walled Garden

Doxford Walled Garden

Friends Group of Doxford Park By Friends Group of Doxford Park

Friends of Doxford Park want to improve the pathways and bedding in the City’s only walled garden, making it a more enjoyable and accessible space for local people, families, children and their dogs!

Sunderland Fundraising stage

pledged of £12,638
days left

Pledges will only be charged if the project hits its funding goal of £12,638 by 21 Aug 2020

Doxford Park covers just over 9 hectares. The Walled Garden inside the Park covers about 1 hectare. Our project will improve the state of the paths and edging to make it easier to move around. A new garden nursery will be established by introducing raised beds. Signage will be installed to raise awareness that the 'secret garden' actually exists. Hopefully this will encourage new visitors ino the Park, and finally the sensory pots and plants will be replenished to provide an enhanced visitor's experience.

What we'll deliver:

  • Upgrade the existing paths and edging inside the walled garden (approx. 120m)
  • Install 14 raised beds to support the development of a nursery
  • Purchase a 'Welcome to the Secret Garden' sign
  • Renew sensory pots and plants to enhance the visitors experience

Why it's a great idea:

The existing pathway is old and tired and people with mobility issues, both young and old, struggle getting their balance. Having a better pathway will contribute towards making the Park a more positive place to visit. More people in the Park means less anti-social behaviour. The Nursery will enable future plants to be grown and allow a continuous colourful display of plants throughout the year. The manual work will be carried out primarily by local volunteers which will reduce social isolation and increase health and mental wellbeing by getting people outdoors to work together by taking part in the various activities associated with gardening. There is now a vast amount of historical evidence supporting the fact that green projects have a positive effect on the mental and physical well-being of participants. More volunteers in the Park will enable it to be sustained after the project has been delivered.

Steps to get it done:

  • March 2020: Stock order placed for materials, wood and plants
  • April 2020: improve pathways and install desire lines to open up accessibility
  • April / May 2020: Set up nursery / raised bed
  • May 2020: install signage and replenish sensory pots and plants
  • April - May 2020: Marketing campaign
  • June 2020: Celebration and opening event
  • July 2020: Evaluate the success

In Summer 2018 a survey was carried out at a family fun day delivered in the Park. Involving 650 local residents (living within one mile). The results from the community indicated that many people did not know that the Park existed and regularly drive past it, not really taking an interest and it was their first visit. That said, everyone commented on how surprised they were once inside but recognised it needed some TLC.


Location Sunderland

About the space

Walled Garden


Sunderland City Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £12,638

gravel and wood for pathways and edging - £7,000 (55%)
raised beds to develop nursery - £3,000 (24%)
sensory pots and plants - £1,200 (10%)
welcome sign - £800 (6%)
Other - £638 (5%)

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.

gravel and wood for pathways and edging
raised beds to develop nursery
sensory pots and plants
welcome sign
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


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:

  • Buy more plants to develop the zones within the walled garden - shrubs, bushes, herbs, fruit.
  • Have a map of the garden made so people can see what's where.
  • Install a new gate

Total £12,638

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