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Growing Focal @ Focal Community Centre

Funded on Spacehive 29 November 2021 Delivered 31 May 2022

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Growing Focal @ Focal Community Centre

Local Services 2 You Limited By Local Services 2 You Limited

Growing Focal is a new growing space based at FOCAL community centre , HD3. We started small in April 2021and have achieved a lot in only a few months. We can achieve so much if can expand

Lindley Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 29 Nov 2021!

We were able to purchase basic tools to get started. A local joiner built raised beds from railway sleepers, lined them, + used linseed oil to protect them. Our Social Prescribing Link Worker and Community Plus had been waiting eagerly for this group to start and immediately referred some lovely people. We have kept busy and safe over the summer months manging to stay outside growing a range of Veg, herbs & flowers. It was so exciting when our 1st crops were ready, we cooked & shared meals with plenty for the group to take home. In May we started sowing wildflower seeds at the front of FOCAL along with established wildflowers. There are 2 truly special spots, one with rhubarb called Gordons Corner, and Peter’s place which has flowers with all year-round colour. Feedback from 2 members of our group P said. “I love coming here on Wednesdays” A said ‘At the start I was so anxious to attend, I pushed myself and was greeted with such lovely people and felt really welcome’

What we'll deliver:

  • Double the growing space, therefore supporting a larger group of people,
  • Growing and sharing what we grow with local groups and community
  • Having a greenhouse will mean we are more sustainable, extend our capacity to grow more for longer capability
  • Working with Partners delivering alternative sessions,

Why it's a great idea:

To help and support people who would like to connect with other people while spending time doing something they enjoy. We already have established friendships outside the project with people meeting socially, & helping each other with their own gardens. Most of the group walk there and back so they get some exercise, making new connections all the time. A couple have said that it gives them ‘a focus to their Wednesday. Additional planters, Greenhouse and storage, will bring additional benefits, increasing our group members, with all the positives that brings. At Growing FOCAL we have a green ethos. Planting wildflowers which supports our pollinators, encouraging people to grow their own vegetables, will help combat Climate Change in our own small way. "From a Small Seed Great Friendships and Change May Grow"

Steps to get it done:

  • To develop our indoor group "Bee Creative" over the Autumn/Winter months,
  • Double out growing space outside for the Spring/Summer Months

We want to encourage community gardens and planting wildflowers to help combat climate change, help wildlife and pollinators, and transform our own physical and mental wellbeing.

Location Lindley

About the space

Focal Community Centre, New Hey Road.


Kirklees Council

How will the money be spent?Total £2,700

Planters - £1,300 (48%)
Greenhouse - £500 (19%)
Rent - £430 (16%)
Compost - £50 (2%)
Seeds & plants - £50 (2%)
Bin - £40 (1%)
Tools - £40 (1%)
Extra accessories - £40 (1%)
Garden gloves - £25 (1%)
Wild flower seeds - £25 (1%)
Other - £200 (7%)

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.

Seeds & plants
Extra accessories
Garden gloves
Wild flower seeds
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  • 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:

  • Phase 2 of our project

Total £2,700

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