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Heaton Food Garden

Funded on Spacehive 18 June 2021

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Heaton Food Garden

Heaton Food Garden

Heaton Food Garden By Heaton Food Garden

A community-run vegetable and flower garden aiming to reconnect residents with healthy food, beautify our streets, create a safer community and encourage beneficial wildlife into our neighbourhood.

Newcastle upon Tyne Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 18 Jun 2021!

We are a start-up community group working to rebuild the long-lost connection between people and food in an inclusive, hands-on and eco-friendly way. Our dream is to transform every unused, paved-up front garden in our neighbourhood into a tiny food oasis, full of container-grown vegetables, shrubs, pollinator-friendly flowers and wildlife features which can be enjoyed by anyone, anytime. With nearly 200 m2 of empty space on each of the local streets (which equals to a potential yield of up to 1 tonnes of vegetables per street per year!), we have a chance to make a striking difference to the landscape, the health and the mindset of several hundred members of our community by creating opportunities to become more food-independent, self-sufficient and environmentally aware, while promoting positive, meaningful and long-lasting social interactions.

What we'll deliver:

  • Several hundred vegetable planters
  • Dozens of pollinator-friendly flowers and shrubs
  • A wildlife feature for every household
  • Gardening equipment for all residents
  • Training and support for all participants

Why it's a great idea:

The project will: • help the community get closer together • provide fresh organic vegetables with minimal carbon footprint • offer opportunities to develop horticultural and gardening skills • improve dietary habits through more regular fruit and vegetable intake • promote sustainability and environmental consciousness • increase physical activity through garden maintenance activities • improve the local air quality and the neighbourhood’s microclimate • beautify the area and reduce water run-off • reduce waste through recycling of local scrap wood which will be turned into planters • improve mental health and give opportunities for relaxation • increase the abundance, richness and resilience of local wildlife • give people a sense of ownership and a chance to connect with nature • improve safety through increased presence of residence on our streets • reduce the number of trips to local supermarkets which might prove especially helpful to those most vulnerable in our community

Steps to get it done:

  • Purchase containers, compost, flowers, tools and seeds
  • Install and paint the containers, fill with compost and plant seeds
  • Build and install wildlife features
  • Measure impact through photos, surveys, wildlife counts and total vegetable yield

The project will take a one-street-at-a-time approach and expand from King John St. onto neighbouring streets over the coming years.

Location Newcastle upon Tyne

About the space

South Heaton


Newcastle City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £3,771

400 x multipurpose compost 50L - £1,600 (42%)
100 x pollinator-friendly flowers - £1,200 (32%)
100 x vegetable seed packets - £300 (8%)
100 x sharp sand - £195 (5%)
15 x watering cans - £128 (3%)
3 x box of screws - £90 (2%)
5 x fence paint 9L - £90 (2%)
Other - £168 (4%)

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.

400 x multipurpose compost 50L
100 x pollinator-friendly flowers
100 x vegetable seed packets
100 x sharp sand
15 x watering cans
3 x box of screws
5 x fence paint 9L
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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:

  • Expand the project to neighbouring streets
  • Purchase more flowers and shrubs

Total £3,771

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.
  • - seeds, seedlings, edible and ornamental plants - plant pots, planters, multipurpose compost and sand - sound wood, fence paint, watering cans, shears, nails

Want to help?

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Jill Barnett offered
Gardening skills which I can share with other people. I'm patient and keen to encourage and support other people to enjoy gardening, starting from wherever they are in terms of experience. I have had an allotment in Heaton for 17 years, and have front and back gardens at home. I grow a wide range of vegetables and flowers. Before we moved to our current home, we lived in the Heaton Food Garden area and made a garden in our back yard and front area.
I grow vegetables and flowers in my front garden, back yard (in containers) and on an allotment. I'm happy to help people learn and grow their own veg and flowers.
I have both skills and some stuff, though just tomato/courgette/bean plants if needed. Love what you’re doing. I’m in Sandyford but would love something similar here.
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