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Gallows Gardens

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Gallows Gardens

Gallows Gardens

FirstLight Trust By FirstLight Trust

To create a garden that is a social hub for the community. The garden will be a place of creation and positivity to people who all too often experience a dominance of destruction in their lives.

Scarborough Delivery stage

pledged of £82,796

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

The garden will provide a space for growing food and plants and a space to relax, rejuvenate and learn. Staff, volunteers and fun activities like ‘Bug Club’ will teach how to grow plants alongside skills like compost making, bee-keeping, woodworking and crafts.

The garden will also provide space and support for Armed Forces Veterans and their families to overcome their often complex problems and help them integrate back into the community. The workshop will provide a 'Men in Sheds' experience where woodworking and craft skills can be taught and passed on to other community members. These activities will be co-ordinated by a FirstLight Trust Occupational Therapist with a wide experience of Veterans needs and problems.

The aim is a culture of sharing and interaction mixing Veterans and the wider community to a greater degree thus increasing cohesion, understanding and reducing isolation.

The garden will be designed and managed 100% by local people.

What we'll deliver:

  • Create a base for the workshop and the greenhouse
  • Make electricity available to the workshop
  • Make the compost bins
  • Make the raised beds and fill with soil and compost
  • Planting: shrubs, fruit trees, wild flower area for bees
  • Design and mark out the raised beds for the garden, pathways, and different areas of the garden
  • Erect a fence/gate to create a separate area and delineate the garden
  • Erect the greenhouse
  • Erect the workshop
  • Level the ground
  • Stone up the pathways and surface them

Why it's a great idea:

The Community Centre around which the garden is centred serves diverse communities of some 20,000 people within 1 mile of the building with many neighbourhoods suffering deprivation. There are over 4,000 people who now use the Centre and frequent requests to learn about growing food, and associated activities have been refused due to lack of space - until now!

FirstLight has found that for many Armed Forces Veterans living near the Centre lack of suitable employment opportunities, physical and mental disabilities, and little in the way of therapeutic activities exacerbate isolation and lack of self-respect. Yet Veterans are respected throughout this local community and so are in a position to motivate the disaffected, unemployed and younger people. This project addresses this isolation as well as the problems of unhealthy diet and lifestyle, through the solution of a locally-based community garden and allotment with workshop and greenhouse.

Steps to get it done:

  • Use local companies, social enterprise associations to get area levelled and garden marked out and structural bases in
  • Work in partnership with Gallows Close Centre, AgeUK, FirstLight Trust and the wider community

There is so much excitement about this project from the children, the community and the Veterans - they have already started to fund raise before we have even started. Please help us make this a reality. This is about bridging the isolation and communication gap between old and young; Veterans are respected by children - let us use this respect to learn and grow from each other.

Location Scarborough

About the space

Empty green space outside Gallows Close Community Centre


Scarborough Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £82,796

Workshop for Men in Sheds and office - £16,000 (19%)
Garden Manager - £15,000 (18%)
FirstLight Trust Occupational Therapist to run Men in Sheds programme and OT for Veterans - £10,000 (12%)
Delivering training and certification - £8,000 (10%)
Pathway materials - £4,083 (5%)
Groundwork project management and supervision - £4,000 (5%)
Materials to make raised beds, including topsoil and compost - £3,733 (5%)
Fencing around perimeter of garden - £3,512 (4%)
Gates x 4 - £3,500 (4%)
6'x7'6" Hartley Botanic Tradition 6 greenhouse - £2,497 (3%)
Other - £12,471 (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.

Workshop for Men in Sheds and office
Garden Manager
FirstLight Trust Occupational Therapist to run Men in Sheds programme and OT for Veterans
Delivering training and certification
Pathway materials
Groundwork project management and supervision
Materials to make raised beds, including topsoil and compost
Fencing around perimeter of garden
Gates x 4
6'x7'6" Hartley Botanic Tradition 6 greenhouse
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • Gardening tools and equipment
  • Miscellaneous materials
  • Materials for events and activities
  • Fruit bushes, trees and plants
  • Digger hire
  • VAT
  • Promotion and marketing to community

Total £82,796

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