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Hollickwood's Happy Hedge Muswell Hill

Funded on Spacehive 3 December 2017

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Hollickwood's Happy Hedge Muswell Hill

Hollickwood's Happy Hedge Muswell Hill

Diana Voxerbrant By Diana Voxerbrant

Hollickwood Primary School in Muswell Hill is a small school with a big heart. It is a creative, diverse place for our children to play and learn, but the exterior of the school doesn’t reflect that.

Barnet Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 03 Dec 2017!

A rather unattractive, imposing hedge greets staff, pupils and visitors on their way in, and the other green spaces on the premises are not very child-friendly. We want to do something about that. We've just received a glowing report from Ofsted - the school is ‘Good’ in all areas. But many of its strengths are hidden: great things go on behind the scenes, such as gardening and beekeeping. We want to raise funds to capitalise on these strengths, open the school up to the local community, and improve the lives of pupils and local residents. If we manage to secure funding we will transform the unloved hedge using children's drawings to inspire the design. Wheelbarrows and other equipment will be acquired for the gardening club to help improve our other green spaces. We plan to involve the children as much as we can so that they get a real sense of achievement from their work, learn some useful lessons along the way and feel increased pride in their school and community.

What we'll deliver:

  • A hedge sculpture and/or permanent sign/decoration
  • A new notice board
  • Gardening training for the school's children and families
  • Gardening with children
  • Repair the garden pond with a new lining
  • Build flower bed covers to protect from animals
  • Improved green play areas in and around the school

Why it's a great idea:

Hollickwood Primary School will show that it is a central part of our inclusive, diverse community - and will help bring people even closer together. The children will take pride in their school for having the happiest hedge in London, which they will help create. Green spaces are known to improve children’s well-being and foster learning. They also provide welcome shelter in our increasingly built-up city for people and animals alike. This will not only help the 207 families with children in our school but will also make the neighbourhood more visually attractive for local residents and create a haven for wildlife.

Steps to get it done:

  • Buying materials
  • Creating new Hollickwood sign
  • Decorating and trimming the hedge
  • Repairing the pond
  • ‘Happy Hedge’ design competition
  • Grand Opening
  • Painting a table
  • Planting seeds

Location Barnet

About the space

Custom Locationydney Rd, Muswell Hill, London N10 2NL


London Borough of Barnet

How will the money be spent?Total £3,146

Hedge decoration & Hollickwood sign - £600 (19%)
Painting/Repair - £400 (13%)
Pond Repair - £350 (11%)
Flower bed covers - £340 (11%)
New Notice Board - £300 (10%)
Carpenter - £160 (5%)
Materials from Sunshine Garden Centre - £150 (5%)
Pond Lining - £130 (4%)
Wheelbarrows - £120 (4%)
20 Garden Gloves - £100 (3%)
Other - £496 (16%)

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.

Hedge decoration & Hollickwood sign
Pond Repair
Flower bed covers
New Notice Board
Materials from Sunshine Garden Centre
Pond Lining
20 Garden Gloves
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • 11 Watering Cans
  • Seeds
  • Compost
  • Manure
  • Umbrella for garden table
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT
  • Paint

Total £3,146

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.
  • Gardening gloves - for children and adults
  • 2 Wheelbarrows
  • Gardening Tools
  • Manure
  • Compost

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