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Fenham Pocket Park

Funded on Spacehive 28 December 2019 Delivered 31 December 2020

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Fenham Pocket Park

Fenham Pocket Park

Friends of Fenham Pocket Park By Friends of Fenham Pocket Park

Fenham Pocket Park (FPP) was opened in 2016 next to Fenham community library. It is a beautiful oasis of raised beds open to all 24/7 and used for community events. Fenham needs this green space!!!

Fenham Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 28 Dec 2019!

The Friends of FPP recently applied for and successfully won a grant to extend the park. We are currently working with architects and a construction contractor with an anticipated completion and opening event later this year. But we are also devastated that Fenham Pool has closed due to unforeseen repairs it needs! If you know Fenham you will know that it is a great community with bags of potential but it lacks wealth and investment compared with our rich neighbours in Gosforth and Jesmond. Planting the newly extended park with stunning flowers and trees, keeping it topped up with compost and making sure we have the tools to keep it well-tended and watered costs a lot of money. Maintenance and repairs are also a big cost - and that is before we hold events with community groups, schools and the general public. Help us put Fenham on the map for its wonderful park, and be part of laying the foundation for spreading joy to Fenham residents!!

What we'll deliver:

  • We will create a beautifully presented community ran and park all year round open to all in Fenham and beyond.
  • We will hold 6 volunteer-ran events in the next 12 months promoting the environment and community cohesion in Fenham.

Why it's a great idea:

Fenham and the surrounding areas are economically deprived and culturally diverse. Fenham has the potential to compete with thriving Newcastle suburbs like Gosforth, Heaton and Jesmond, but there are substantially less local amenities including quality green space, and greater challenges with community cohesion. Newcastle is overprovided in green space but of poorer quality and unevenly distributed. A Council assessment in 2009 highlighted Fenham as particularly badly supplied. FPP resulted from a research project with local people who identified the area outside Fenham library and pool as underused and uninviting, with potential as a hub bringing together the benefits of several local schools, shops and businesses, and a GP Surgery close by. Following successful initial development and funding, the Friends of FPP, a 100% voluntary community group has ran the park. For FPP to deliver on its potential, we need to keep it well supplied and maintained bringing joy to all!!

Steps to get it done:

  • Opening of the extended park in 2019 fully planted and ready for use by the general public and community groups.

The Council has upgraded Fenham library and invested in a health and wellbeing hub for late-stage drug and alcohol recovery. Partners have come together with a long-term commitment to improve the area and increase community participation. The park provides opportunities for supported gardening and community events including users of the hub.

Location Fenham

About the space

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Newcastle City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £1,796

Trees and flowers - £480 (27%)
Ground surface maintenance - £360 (20%)
Compost - £240 (13%)
Event craft materials and decoration supplies - £180 (10%)
Event refreshments - £120 (7%)
Tools - £120 (7%)
Event seeds, pots and planting materials - £96 (5%)
Miscellaneous - £60 (3%)
Event fliers etc - £60 (3%)
Other - £80 (4%)

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.

Trees and flowers
Ground surface maintenance
Event craft materials and decoration supplies
Event refreshments
Event seeds, pots and planting materials
Event fliers etc
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  • Spacehive fees
  • 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:

  • Any funds raised will be used to support the Fenham pocket park and events. Additional funding will allow us to fund the park for a longer period, hold additional events, and invest in further work to create and improve green space on Fenham Hall Drive and the surrounding area.

Total £1,796

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.

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