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The Garden SE8: A new community garden

Funded on Spacehive 5 May 2021

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The Garden SE8: A new community garden

The Garden at Lower Road By The Garden at Lower Road

Transform an abandoned strip of land into a community garden where everyone is welcomed and children have special place.

Southwark Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 05 May 2021!

Our vision is to create a garden of our local community, where children have a special place. The garden is on South London, on a privately owned strip of land in Lower Road that was neglected for about 30 years, since the adjacent development was built. We set up a non-for profit association of local residents just to develop and manage the garden, and got permission from the owners in November 2020. We aim to be ready to open in early summer 2021, and there is lots to do. We've started with a neighbour consultation to develop a common vision, and to clear 30 years of brambles and fly-tipping. Next will be ready the soil, replace the fence, plant trees, raised beds, a pond, shed... We are committed to transform this hazardous space into an asset for the local community, it is a big task and need all the help we can get.

What we'll deliver:

  • Buy garden tools to clear the brambles
  • Build 5 raised beds for a community farm
  • Plant a perimeter of citrus plants, herbs and medicinal plants
  • Build a shed
  • Wildlife pond to increase biodiversity
  • Kiosk to sit
  • Fence
  • Plant 5 fruit trees

Why it's a great idea:

Now more than ever we all need a the mental health benefits of a safe outdoor space to connect with nature, meet our local community, and source healthy food. The Garden SE8 is that space, turning the current hazardous eye-sore into a real asset for the local community. Our vision for the garden is an inclusive space, where the youngest and eldest of our community come together, creating stronger intergenerational links among local residents.

Steps to get it done:

  • Clear the bramble
  • Prepare the soil
  • Rebuild the fence
  • Buy essential equipment to clear the bramble
  • Preparing raised beds
  • Planting raised beds
  • Rebuilding the fence
  • Get trees
  • Plant trees
  • Open the garden
  • Build a shed
  • Create a pond

You can see latest updates on our Instagram and Google Doc

Location Southwark

About the space

The Garden SE8


London Borough of Southwark

How will the money be spent?Total £23,476

Fencing - £10,000 (43%)
Clearing the bramble - £4,000 (17%)
Kiosk and essential furniture - £3,000 (13%)
Resurface the patio area - £1,000 (4%)
Seeds and plants - £1,000 (4%)
Shed - £1,000 (4%)
Raised beds - £1,000 (4%)
Essential gardening tools - £1,000 (4%)
Clearing brambles - £90 (0%)
Other - £1,386 (6%)

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.

Clearing the bramble
Kiosk and essential furniture
Resurface the patio area
Seeds and plants
Raised beds
Essential gardening tools
Clearing brambles
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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:

  • Buy more plants for the garden
  • Event to announce the garden

Total £23,476

Our Volunteer List

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