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Rotherhithe Garden Build & Summer School

Funded on Spacehive 19 May 2017 Delivered 28 August 2019

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Rotherhithe Garden Build & Summer School

Edible Avondale SE1 By Edible Avondale SE1

Edible Rotherhithe is a new community project based in South East London. We are building a new garden with food growing facilities and delivering carpentry and D.I.Y. workshops to support wellbeing.

Southwark Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 19 May 2017!

We will transform an vacant area of land at the rear of a social housing estate into a thriving new community space in Rotherhithe, SE16. The project will feature a wellbeing garden, food growing, a carpentry workshop, arts and crafts and, skills development opportunities run by ourselves and friends of the project. The site will have polytunnel frames and raised planter beds to support food growing workshops for local residents and are being designed and built by Store Projects to make them accessible for able-bodied and disabled users. Also on the site is a shipping container which has been adapted into a wood workshop. We will deliver carpentry and DIY skills workshops for local residents. It will be a chance for people to increase their confidence and to provide access for other employment and training opportunities. There are also plans to introduce a product range and these will be sold at community festivals and fetes with the proceeds reinvested in to the project.

What we'll deliver:

  • Build a new garden with polytunnels and raised planter beds
  • Create a new space with seated areas for an outdoor cinema and theatre space
  • Deliver carpentry, DIY skills and food growing workshops
  • Provide wellbeing and employment opportunities for young people and adults in he community
  • Run a Summer School with Store Projects

Why it's a great idea:

1. There will be a nice place in the community for people to relax, join in with volunteering and workshops, or simply have a cup of tea and a chat. 2. The project will bring a green, vibrant and positive presence to the Silverlock estate. 3. The workshops will support people improving their confidence and help them find new interests and employment opportunities. 4. We will be teaching people how to grow and follow the journey of their own food to the dinner table Our project will primarily benefit: 1. Residents of the Silverlock social housing estate, which serves around 3,000 people. 2. Rotherhithe Primary School pupils 3. Silverlock Medical Centre patients 4. 8 to 24 year olds from Southwark Young Carers 5. 15-18 year olds from NCS The Challenge Edible Rotherhithe is also needed to help address high levels of unemployment, obesity and a lack of green space in the area.

Steps to get it done:

  • Build a new food growing garden for Rotherthithe with polytunnels and raised planter beds with disabled access
  • Recruiting a paid tutor to deliver carpentry and D.I.Y. workshops
  • Purchase tools and equipment for food growing
  • Create a new community space with seated areas for an outdoor cinema/theatre space and story telling
  • Deliver carpentry, D.I.Y., and food growing workshops

There has been considerable consultation and research by Edible Avondale with local community partners and stakeholders. We have met with Silverlock Hall Tenants and Residents Association, and local ward councillors, who fully support the project. - - - Each supporter will have their name featured on a special display wall in the community garden and will also receive an Edible Rotherhithe badge and thank you card. £25 A grow your own Edible Rotherhithe pizza and pasta sauce box Gift Set. £50 A limited edition print made specially for the Edible Rotherhithe project. £100 A wooden garden seat/chair made by our wood workshop technical staff using recycled materials. £125 Special one day skills workshop delivered showing you how to make your own planter. £200 Your name featured as a dedication on one of our garden benches, greenhouses or polytunnels. £500 A group workshop for up to five people to join our wood workshop technician for a one day workshop.

Location Southwark

About the space

Line denotes location of new community garden area on disused land at the rear of Silverlock Hall Rotherhithe SE16.


London Borough of Southwark

How will the money be spent?Total £10,542

Tutor fees: £80/day x 10 days x 4 staff - £3,200 (30%)
Community garden building materials - £2,000 (19%)
Summer School workshops materials - £2,000 (19%)
A new polytunnel for the garden - £1,000 (9%)
Event - £1,000 (9%)
Workshops - £800 (8%)
Other - £542 (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.

Tutor fees: £80/day x 10 days x 4 staff
Community garden building materials
Summer School workshops materials
A new polytunnel for the garden
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT

Total £10,542

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Pruning shears, secateurs, lopping shears, wheelbarrows, pruning saws, protective eye glasses and work gloves.

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STIHL GB offered
We are delighted to offer you a variety of gardening tools to help look after the well-being garden.
Hi, I live on Rotherhithe Street. I would love to help with the community garden. I love growing flowers and vegetables. I am happy to help with composting as well. I make lots of crafts (origmai, toy sewing, fabric flowers, etc). I have some experience of running craft workshops.It would be great if I can run up-cycling workshops. Thanks, Anjie
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