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Growing Spaces, Penn Fields

Funded on Spacehive 25 June 2019

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Growing Spaces, Penn Fields

Graiseley and District Cooperative Allotment Society By Graiseley and District Cooperative Allotment Society

To create an accessible allotment to be used by people struggling to work a whole plot, alongside people and community groups who are new to growing food and don't know where to start.

Wolverhampton Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 25 Jun 2019!

We want to develop an allotment plot that can be used by all ages and abilities, building raised beds that can be accessed by wheelchair users and those with mobility issues, as well as people new to growing including young people and community groups. We plan to build 12 allotment beds, varying in height, surrounded by flat paving suitable for wheelchairs. A shed will house shared tools, and the roof will be fitted with guttering and a water butt to collect rainwater. Benches will provide seating for the gardeners and other plot holders to rest and share experiences. A covered seating area will provide shelter from inclement weather as well as more extreme hot weather. Compost bins will be provided to recycle foliage, and sensory plants will be cultivated near seating areas. The project will also encourage organic growing and demonstrate different ways of creating diverse habitats, as well as provide a space for workshops and learning activities.

What we'll deliver:

  • build 12 raised allotment beds
  • pave allotment paths suitable for wheelchair use
  • install communal seating areas
  • build shelter for seating protection from weather
  • build shared storage area for equipment and tools
  • build compost bins
  • install water butts

Why it's a great idea:

Growing plants and working on an allotment is good for your health, but sometimes its daunting to take on a whole plot. Or even worse, when your health is deteriorating and you can't maintain a whole plot, but aren't ready to say goodbye to your allotment community. We want to make a place that bridges the gap, by providing a space that encourages social connections. Experienced plot holders can mentor and guide those new to growing, providing a space for people to learn as well as grow fresh fruit and vegetables.

Steps to get it done:

  • secure funding for the project, and start recruiting future users
  • laying the paving for the paths
  • building the raised beds, compost bins and installing the gates
  • filling the raised beds with gravel for drainage and top soil
  • installing the storage and seating
  • planting and sowing of seeds by the new gardeners

The plot is currently neglected, following the previous plot holder’s death. He was a key member of the society and inspired the idea for this project. The allotment site has a tarmacked carpark which leads up to the boundary gates and project plot, providing easy access for the project users, and during the growing season there is also a small shop, accessible toilet and water taps.

Location Wolverhampton

About the space

Penn Fields, Wolverhampton


Wolverhampton City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £8,121

topsoil - £2,088 (26%)
gravel - £1,428 (18%)
shelter with integral seating - £950 (12%)
wood for raised beds - £934 (12%)
paving slabs - £880 (11%)
benches and a table - £780 (10%)
shed and lock - £317 (4%)
sand - £168 (2%)
water butts - £60 (1%)
gate - £59 (1%)
Other - £457 (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.

shelter with integral seating
wood for raised beds
paving slabs
benches and a table
shed and lock
water butts
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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:

  • tools, equipment, more seating, polytunnel

Total £8,121

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.
  • Any gardening tools (spades, forks, hoes, trowels, etc)

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