The Elliott Ashton Art Gardens

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The Elliott Ashton Art Gardens

The Elliott Ashton Art Gardens

Wood Street Walls By Wood Street Walls

Wood Street Walls are turning an empty patch of land opposite the Heathcote and Star in Leytonstone into bookable art walls and a new community garden in memory of local artist, the late Elliot Ashton

Waltham Forest Delivery stage

pledged of £41,600

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

Partnering with Central Saint Martins Design against crime unit, Urben, BAT Studio, artist and friend of Elliott's, Carne Griffiths along with seed funding from the Mayor of London, Wood Street Walls intends to create a new pocket park in Leytonstone, complete with "speaking benches". The new space will contain seating, murals , space for a new Little Free Library and a bust of late Star Wars Special Effects artist and Leytonstone Legend Stuart Freeborn, who Elliott championed to have him celebrated by a blue plaque installed 3 years ago. We hope that now, The Elliott Ashton gardens will be a fitting tribute to Elliott's contribution to Leytonstone and Waltham Forest Arts and Culture Landscape.

What we'll deliver:

  • Create a new community garden space for people to plant and learn how to grow herbs, plants and vegetables.
  • Create three new wall spaces for artists to paint free of risk
  • Periodic events to bring people to the site and enjoy the new gardens.
  • Creating new seating (large portion of the project)
  • Deliver 3 murals around the surrouding area, celebrating Elliot Ashton & his "Star Walls" project
  • Create a bust of local Star wars special effects artist Stuart Freeborn
  • Plant 5 new trees in the green space
  • Install new paving
  • Plant new plants and wild flower meadows
  • Install a little free library

Why it's a great idea:

We have been given permission by Network Rail to board the arches already and permission from our local authority, Waltham Forest to transform the space. We need additional support to help uplift the green space area, install seating , spaces for bikes to be parked and make it interesting and welcoming to the area. We also want to erect a bust of Stuart Freeborn on the site, which was discussed with Elliot before his passing.

Steps to get it done:

  • Seek permission from Network Rail to board arches
  • Board arches
  • Consultation day - green space
  • First Mural painting on bookable walls
  • Murals x 3 painted in surrounding area
  • Sculptor identified to create bust of Stuart Freeborn
  • Scope to move trees to show all there arches
  • Install/ Add seating
  • Add shrubs to greenspace
  • Install bike parking
  • Install gravel area in front of each arch
  • Seek permission from council to use lighting
  • Uplight arches
  • Grand opening
  • Laying of paving
  • Little Free Library Install
  • Install and upload data onto Speaking Streets equipment

Elliott championed getting another local legend, Stuart Freeborn commemorated with a blue plaque 3 years ago - we want to finish the job in his memory.

Location Waltham Forest

About the space

Leytonstone Art Gardens - Elliot Ashton Gardens


London Borough of Waltham Forest

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How will the money be spent?Total £41,600

Planter box and bench set x 2 - £5000 per set - £10,000 (24%)
Permanent Murals x 3 for surrounding area - £9,000 (22%)
Project Management of Project - £5,000 (12%)
Bust & plinth for Stuart Freeborn - £5,000 (12%)
Materials to board arches - £2,000 (5%)
Laying of paving - 63 sq/m @ £20 per sq/m - £1,260 (3%)
Labour to board arches - £1,000 (2%)
Works to existing trees - £1,000 (2%)
Bike Racks x 8 (Sheffield Hoops @ £80 each) - £640 (2%)
New Trees x 5 (incl. labour) - £575 (1%)
Other - £6,125 (15%)

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.

Planter box and bench set x 2 - £5000 per set
Permanent Murals x 3 for surrounding area
Project Management of Project
Bust & plinth for Stuart Freeborn
Materials to board arches
Laying of paving - 63 sq/m @ £20 per sq/m
Labour to board arches
Works to existing trees
Bike Racks x 8 (Sheffield Hoops @ £80 each)
New Trees x 5 (incl. labour)
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • Notice / thank you board for art garden donors and directions of use
  • Design Visualisation
  • Little Free Library
  • VAT
  • Paint
  • Planting Soil/ Topsoil
  • Consultation Event
  • Wild Flower Meadow - Planting


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 look to invest any over spend in more murals and also continue Elliot's "Star Walls" event, making an annual event in the community.

Total £41,600

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