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Grow Hexham

Funded on Spacehive 16 December 2021 Delivered 18 October 2022

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Grow Hexham

Hexham Town Council By Hexham Town Council

Grow Hexham matches local gardeners with idle gardens. Using recycled tools, shared skills, knowledge and food for the benefit of the grower, the owner, the fresh food bank and the environment.

Rye Close Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 16 Dec 2021!

Grow Hexham will begin to create a circular economy in fresh food. Matching uncultivated gardens with gardeners from the Town Council allotment waiting list, it will combine space, and place with skills, knowledge and time. The result: more locally grown produce, shared between the owner and the gardener with any surplus going to the Community Grocery. A repair and recycle scheme for tools will repurpose garden tools that are languishing in sheds while woodworking skills shares will provide raised beds. Gardening skill shares, seed shares and plant swaps will all contribute to a zero carbon, zero food waste project that is of benefit to the environment and the town.

What we'll deliver:

  • Repaired and re-purposed garden tools
  • Locally produced fresh food
  • Community built raised beds
  • Stocked tool sheds erected by our team of gardeners

Why it's a great idea:

The benefits of Grow Hexham will be many: an increase in community gardening, a reduction in allotment waiting lists, an increase in local food production to suit the gardener and the garden owner, more fresh food going to the Community Grocery for people in need, recycled tools and skill sharing. The community will benefit from reduced food miles and a reduction in food waste, access to cheap fresh food as well as community building through sharing seeds, plants, knowledge, skills and experience. It will provide inter-generational links and support through the shared activity of growing. It will provide part time employment for a co-ordinator.

Steps to get it done:

  • Match gardeners with gardens
  • Tool amnesty and repair shop
  • Digging
  • Seed and plant share
  • Sowing

Gardeners will be contacted through the existing Town Council allotment waiting list. There are currently 40 people on this list. And through the Number 28 networks in the East of Hexham as well as through Transition Tynedale.

Location Rye Close

About the space

Hexham town in Northumberland


Northumberland Council

How will the money be spent?Total £8,679

Part time Co-ordinator - £3,600 (41%)
Volunteer Expenses - £1,400 (16%)
2 x Tool storage units - £950 (11%)
Volunteer DBS checks for 40 gardeneners - £920 (11%)
admin support - £500 (6%)
Rotovator hire x 6 days - £288 (3%)
Garden strimmer hire x 6 days - £244 (3%)
2 x Tool repair kits - £240 (3%)
Other - £537 (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.

Part time Co-ordinator
Volunteer Expenses
2 x Tool storage units
Volunteer DBS checks for 40 gardeneners
admin support
Rotovator hire x 6 days
Garden strimmer hire x 6 days
2 x Tool repair kits
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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:

  • Employ the co-ordinator for longer
  • Pay for more volunteer support
  • renew tools

Total £8,679

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.
  • Plants and seeds in the Spring
  • Garden tool mending and repair skills
  • Empty space in your garden

Want to help?

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I have raised beds in my garden which are under-used, and I'd happily offer them up to your project to use. Also, I see the amount to be raised has not been achieved yet, and I'd be willing to do a sponsored-something to help raise money, but there is not a lot of time left. How can I help to raise money? So far I have made a personal donation and will share the crowdfunding page on Facebook.
Mark Tallent offered
I have 2 x green houses and a dedicated growing area with tools which is roughly 10x6m
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