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An Outdoor Classroom for GROW

Funded on Spacehive 12 August 2019

Impact data and claims within this report are provided by the project creator and have not been independently verified by Spacehive.

An Outdoor Classroom for GROW


Help us transform an empty field in Barnet into a thriving working farm to teach children and the local community about food, nutrition and the environment.

Barnet Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 12 Aug 2019!

GROW is a life skills education programme that exposes children to nature, teaches them about nutrition and provides a sustainable source of food for schools and the local community. We want to transform our 6 acre field next to the Totteridge Academy into a vibrant working farm. We will grow enough fresh fruit & vegetables to supply the Totteridge Academy canteen, we'll raise farm animals and keep bees, involving children and the community in every stage. We will run weekly sessions with Totteridge students in food growing, nutrition, yoga and more and we now need an indoor space to help us offer the GROW programme to the wider community. We will run health and wellbeing workshops on site like yoga, calisthenics and meditation. These will be open to children and local residents, creating a much needed community resource. Our HQ will create volunteering opportunities, a multipurpose affordable community space and fresh produce for sale in Barnet. Help us make it happen!

What we'll deliver:

  • Appoint architects (Assemble)
  • Apply for planning permission
  • Build a sustainable outdoor classroom / multipurpose space
  • Launch our health and wellbeing programme
  • Invite external schools and community groups to enjoy the space

Why it's a great idea:

We are facing an obesity crisis. Nearly 25% of adults in the UK are obese. Grow introduces children to healthy eating, new & exciting foods & physical activity from a young age, giving them the tools to lead a healthier, happier life. We are facing a mental health crisis. Soaring levels of depression and anxiety are affecting adults and children. Our holistic programme of yoga, meditation and breathwork gives children a chance to try a range of techniques that will help them to cope with whatever challenges life throws their way. Children are spending less time outdoors and in green space. Children who grow up with the lowest levels of green space have up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder. GROW makes it easy for children in the local area to get outside, in a safe and secure environment and have fun away from screens. If that wasn't enough, we will also be creating a wildlife haven, encouraging biodiversity to the area & creating a local food economy.

Steps to get it done:

  • Appoint Architects (Assemble)
  • Finalise design with the imput of the Totteridge Academy students and local community
  • Finalise planning permission
  • Build classroom
  • Launch party
  • Launch educational programme for external schools and community groups

Every person who pledges to GROW will be invited to a shared harvest lunch event in September with the very first produce from our farm.

Location Barnet

About the space



London Borough of Barnet

How will the money be spent?Total £155,423

Construction materials - £104,000 (67%)
Architect Fees - £18,762 (12%)
Building contingency - £10,660 (7%)
Structural Engineer - £3,518 (2%)
Site works - £2,600 (2%)
Furniture and fittings - £2,345 (2%)
M and E consultant - £2,345 (2%)
Soft cost contingency - £1,466 (1%)
10 x nutribullets RX - £1,200 (1%)
Planning consultant - £1,173 (1%)
Other - £7,354 (5%)

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.

Construction materials
Architect Fees
Building contingency
Structural Engineer
Site works
Furniture and fittings
M and E consultant
Soft cost contingency
10 x nutribullets RX
Planning consultant
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Contract Administration
  • 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:

  • Creating raised beds for children friendly gardening activities, buying plants and seeds, engaging facilitators for workshops to engage more local residents.

Total £155,423

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.
  • We're looking for help now to start to create our growing beds whilst we wait for our planning permission to build. Volunteering days are every Wednesday from 11th September 10am -4pm. Find more details on our website
  • If you can help us with building materials, kitchen and cooking equipment or anything farm or garden related, please get in touch.

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