Goldsmiths Community Garden

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Goldsmiths Community Garden

Goldsmiths Community Garden

Goldsmiths Community Association By Goldsmiths Community Association

Our project will create a beautiful apothecary garden, filled with herbs and medicinal plants, from an underused south facing area of the community centre.

Lewisham Idea stage

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At the moment the garden area can only be accessed through the community centre. We want to enable access to the garden outside of centre opening times (bank holidays and weekends) and so will build a gate within a new 2m high green palisade. This will replace the existing 40 year old chain link fence.

We also want to replace a very elderly petrol lawnmower and a selection of garden tools including a new good quality garden fork and spade, hoe, loppers and shears would replace the existing tools.

The project's main aim is to encourage participation, enjoyment and learning by providing a beautiful, educational and contemplative space where: children and families can learn about growing, cultivation of herbs and their culinary uses; contemporary and traditional developments in plant based medicines; older people can pass on their wisdom and experience to younger people and passers-by will have their curiosity aroused!

This project is part of Capital Growth's crowdfunding initiative.

What we'll deliver:

  • Cultivate an area for vegetables and fruit in addition to herbs and medicinal plants
  • Use the lawnmower and tools to keep the gardens under control
  • Install a new fence and gate to the garden

Why it's a great idea:

There is nothing else like it in the area or the Borough. Goldsmiths has a long tradition of gardening and food growing, going back over 70 years.

The very first flower and vegetable show was held in the big hall on August Bank Holiday 1939 when the Goldsmiths Gardeners Society was established.

The Society still manage the nearby allotments, and managed 144 allotments from 1940-5 on a 13 acre open space adjoining the community centre, which was built on in 1946-7 and now houses the Excalibur Estate, the largest remaining collection of post-war prefabs in Europe.

Steps to get it done:

  • With support from centre users and organisations, volunteers and staff

This project marks the start of a major fundraising initiative to bring this historic and well loved community centre into the 21st century.

Over the past three and a half years the community association, centre users and local people have got together to plan a vision for what the centre could be with the help of the Glass-House Community Led Design, Global Action Plan, Communitybuilders and the Mayor's Fund, Lewisham Council.

Our architect, Chris Harrowell RIBA NRAC, has drawn up plans, costings and specifications for a new cafe space and improvements throughout the centre with accessibility and inclusion at the heart of the plans.

A planning application is underway for the new fence. However, if it isn't successful we'll spend the money on refurbishing the community centre kitchen instead.

Location Lewisham

About the space

Community garden, corner of Boundfield and Castillon Roads


Lewisham Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £3,134

New fence and gate and installation - £1,613 (51%)
Petrol self propelled lawnmower and garden tools - £450 (14%)
Herbs and plants, and six garden benches - £400 (13%)
Removal of the perimeter chain link fence, general cutting back - £300 (10%)
Fruit trees and nut bushes - £150 (5%)
Other - £222 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

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New fence and gate and installation
Petrol self propelled lawnmower and garden tools
Herbs and plants, and six garden benches
Removal of the perimeter chain link fence, general cutting back
Fruit trees and nut bushes
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £3,134

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