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Friends Rejuvenation of Gipsy Hill

Funded on Spacehive 9 November 2018 Delivered 11 June 2019

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Friends Rejuvenation of Gipsy Hill

Friends Rejuvenation of Gipsy Hill

Friends of Gipsy Hill By Friends of Gipsy Hill

The disused land adjacent to Gipsy Hill needs some tender loving care to turn it into a community green space. A tidy-up, ability to get water and low maintenance planting will brighten up the area!

Lambeth Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 09 Nov 2018!

Gipsy Hill Station adjoining land has deteriorated considerably, making the station less enjoyable to use and engendering a sense of elevated risk when in the immediate environs. Several parts of the land behind Platform 1 are fenced off and currently in a very poor state, making them subject to littering and fly tipping, and are generally unkempt along the side roads making them feel unpleasant. We need your help to improve this neglected area. The idea is to undertake significant environmental improvements to the area and to make it a more enjoyable, safer and positive place for all those who live and work around it. This would be achieved by upgrading the green space around the station, enhancing the diversity of vegetation and wildlife, and fostering strong community involvement. We plan to transform the environmentally impoverished land into a wildlife habitat, an educational and community space, and a beautiful green garden.

What we'll deliver:

  • Cleaning and litter picking to make the area more presentable
  • Planting of wildflowers and native plants
  • Research any issues of industrial contamination, and removing noxious invasive species such as japanese knotweed
  • Installing planters and hanging baskets on the platform and station foyer (hooks already exist along the platforms)
  • Constructing and installing bird and bat boxes
  • Install insect hotels, particularly to preserve the endangered stag beetle which is resident in the area

Why it's a great idea:

This provides environmental improvements to beautify the area, making it a pleasant station to use. It provides a usable green space as a focus for the community, transforming a currently inhospitable and menacing side road into an attractive and well-managed garden. By introducing planting into currently neglected scrubland, we will focus on indigenous and wildlife-promoting species. We will deter anti-social behaviours such as littering, fly tipping and crime enhancing the safety of the Sainsbury Road side of the station, where pedestrians are often forced to interact directly with traffic. We will address social divisions and low inclusivity by offering volunteering opportunities to residents, schools and other community groups. We will offer therapeutic benefits in terms of wellbeing generally, but specifically to fitness and mental health to all those involved in the planning and the realisation of the project.

Steps to get it done:

  • Cleaning and litter picking to make the area presentable and to provide the means to keep it tidy
  • Install water source
  • Erect the shed to store the equipment
  • Planting of wildflowers and native plants to enhance the area
  • Planters set up for growing food

The Friends of Gipsy Hill are also looking to: Establish an orchard on another disused part of the station grounds Insect hotels are particularly needed to preserve the endangered stag beetle which is resident in the area. Increased habitat and food plants for bees and other pollinators, including the locally common jersey tiger moth ( Improvement of the area currently frequented by the Gipsy Hill Station Cat (, a local celebrity with a large social media following (, Year two : Design a children's play area for a second phase of the project Works on the lower tract of land including construction of a project space depends on funding. Establish a drought resistant avenue of mid-height hedgerow along Sainsbury Road.

Location Lambeth

About the space

Gipsy Hill Station


London Borough of Lambeth

How will the money be spent?Total £5,315

Water source - £1,500 (28%)
Shed - £650 (12%)
Trees / Plants - £500 (9%)
Fencing/locks/materials - £500 (9%)
Seating and tables - £300 (6%)
Tools - £300 (6%)
Insect habitats/bird and bat boxes - £300 (6%)
Paint/ sundries - £250 (5%)
Planters - £250 (5%)
Plants and Seeds - £200 (4%)
Other - £565 (11%)

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.

Water source
Trees / Plants
Seating and tables
Insect habitats/bird and bat boxes
Paint/ sundries
Plants and Seeds
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  • Irrigation
  • Compost
  • 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:

  • Expand our activities to adjoining disused land to create an orchard and wild flower garden on the strip of land on Sainsbury Road

Total £5,315

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