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Dream Garden SW11

Funded on Spacehive 10 December 2018

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Dream Garden SW11

Christ  Church CE Primary By Christ Church CE Primary

To create a bespoke, beautiful learning space that can be used by the school and local community. This includes a new building that will enable volunteers and groups to use the space all the time.

Wandsworth Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 10 Dec 2018!

This learning outdoors project will bring people together through a range of activities; planting, growing, cooking, puppet shows and more. We will build a bespoke garden designed by pupils and established Chelsea Gold Medal designer Cleve West. The space will need support from volunteers to clear and prepare the ground for the garden to be started. It will require support for digging and planting once the garden is constructed. Although the garden will be started in September it will take two years to complete and a lot of work so it can be used as intended. Our aim is to forge stronger links with our local community who will be invited to volunteer their help. We will build this into a group who can come together regularly and work in the garden and benefit from the space. Training for all involved will be an important part of the project as we people have the opportunity to become more skilled in a range of areas e.g. healthy eating and cooking, planting and garden maintenance.

What we'll deliver:

  • Build a bespoke learning garden for our community
  • Create a puppet shed theatre and seating
  • Plant fruit trees and build raised beds
  • Create a compost and wildlife area
  • Fit a raised pond
  • Build a separate outdoor learning building & greenhouse

Why it's a great idea:

The garden will create a space for children and adults to come together on a regular basis to work outdoors. This will develop relationships, build skills and give those taking part a sense of well being. In a built-up urban environment this contact with nature is much needed. The building will make sure that our gardens can be used when the school is closed extending the opportunities for volunteers and families to work on a variety of areas. These will include: learning to grow from seed, creating good compost, nurturing and tending a garden, pruning fruit trees, cooking and sharing experiences. There will also be the opportunity to create bespoke training opportunities for the volunteers depending on their needs. This project will act as a vehicle for us to tackle issues such as mental health, obesity, healthy living, sustainable food growing. It will lead to community cohesion in an area that is deprived and that is very built up.

Steps to get it done:

  • 1. Clear the garden area
  • 2. Level the ground
  • 3. Build a lasting and sustainable infrastructure
  • 4. Create the composting area and build the greenhouse
  • 5. Build the garden beds and pond
  • 6. Build a puppet theatre with log seating
  • 7. Create a wild flower and minibeast area
  • 8. Create additional communal seating and group area

Our outdoor spaces are vital to continue our work learning outside the classroom. We began in 2009 and now have a proven track record with The Learning Outside the Classroom GOLD accreditation as well as being an RHS Level 5 school. This way of working grew out of the needs of our pupils and parents. We have a growing number of pupils with speech and language needs as well as autism and ADHD. The outdoor learning gives our pupils and their families a way to learn that they would not otherwise have. We involve volunteers, families and our local community whenever we can. Some have volunteered through ‘Project Dirt’ and others have been recruited because they have heard about the garden. Sometimes we involve charities like ‘Good Gym’ to get bigger jobs done that our pupils can’t do. Most of the time our pupils teach the volunteers.

Location Wandsworth

About the space

Battersea is a built up urban environment with few opportunities to learn outdoors. There is a lot of hardship as well as a number of mental challenges. This project would give space and opportunity for both of these to be addressed.


London Borough of Wandsworth

How will the money be spent?Total £64,071

Johnny Woodford Puppet Theatre and seating - £13,000 (20%)
Bespoke Greenhouse including base - £9,000 (14%)
Log seating - £7,475 (12%)
Raised Beds - £6,958 (11%)
water features - £5,105 (8%)
Wildflower area and mini beast houses - £5,000 (8%)
Supply and plant specimen and fruit trees - £3,960 (6%)
Ground Clearance - £3,536 (6%)
Supply and lay bark chippings over geo-textile membrane - £2,764 (4%)
Donation to greenhouse - £2,000 (3%)
Other - £5,274 (8%)

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.

Johnny Woodford Puppet Theatre and seating
Bespoke Greenhouse including base
Log seating
Raised Beds
water features
Wildflower area and mini beast houses
Supply and plant specimen and fruit trees
Ground Clearance
Supply and lay bark chippings over geo-textile membrane
Donation to greenhouse
Other Read More
  • Signage
  • Spacehive fees
  • Living Hedge
  • Fabrication, supply and installation of apple arch
  • Supply and instal timber retaining edge between bark surface and planting
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


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 would spend it on training opportunities for local people.
  • Seed funding for our outdoor learning community centre

Total £64,071

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