Herbert Road Green Oasis

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Herbert Road Green Oasis

Herbert Road Green Oasis

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Herbert Road Green Oasis will transform a barren space in the middle of Herbert Road, a main shopping street in Plumstead. The resident-led project will increase biodiversity with community planting.

Greenwich Idea stage

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The Herbert Road Green Oasis has been designed by local residents, volunteering artists, architects and community activists. It will comprise several planting elements designed to improve the environment and air quality of a polluted and uncared for area, transforming it into a space for people to sit and relax in a green setting. By planting species of trees and plants that decarbonise and attract insects such bees and pollinators, it will help the creation of a wildlife corridor to providing new habitat for wildlife, and enhancing biodiversity. It will also support the local council's 2022 trees by 2022 plan and Greener City Strategy as well as stimulate local conversations on the state of climate and ecological emergency, which Greenwich declared in June 2019. The Oasis will launch a 'Plumstead Gardener Time' type community gardening training programme for local residents for 42 weeks to establish the site and encourage the creation of green corridors and planting.

What we'll deliver:

  • 4 new fruit trees (apple, plum and damson) to reflect Plumstead’s long history as an orchard.
  • Plant flowers along 50 metres of of existing railings and in grassy patches
  • Engage artists to co design the flower planting scheme
  • Create bespoke community seating
  • Improve a path to the housing development used informally by residents with paving stones

Why it's a great idea:

As well as clear environmental improvements, the Oasis offers a range of community benefits, including:  Enhancing health and wellbeing: increased exercise, cleaner air quality, and respite through urban spaces. When surveyed, almost 30% of respondents felt the project was important for their health and wellbeing.  Better green space for residents: 62.2% of the Ward population live in a flat and may not enjoy access to a garden. Residents can enjoy the new green space, and offer time to help create and maintain the oasis.  Promoting positive action: this summer, we planted sunflowers and Jerusalem artichokes at the proposed location. Residents quickly started offering help with watering. Within weeks, a rose bush had been plan and was watered daily.  Encouraging time outdoors: gardening, on foot travel, or using the seating area.

Steps to get it done:

  • Launch the project publicly
  • Plant a tree for National planting week (29th November)
  • Confirm the planting plan
  • Confirm technical design & costs
  • Present the final project to the local community on Zoom
  • Build the bench, add the path
  • Community Gardener weekly training sessions start

“Herbert Road has become more unpleasant in the 5 years I’ve lived nearby. Pre lockdown I walked along it every day…but it’s not easy, dirty pavements, litter and the atmosphere is sometimes intimidating. Any initiative has to be a good thing.” “I do not currently use Herbert Road…because of the way it looks and the unbearable anti-social behaviours. It is not a safe area. But it is one with great potential. Hence I support this project. I will be one of the users of the shops and services there, once it will feel safer.”

Location Greenwich

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Royal Borough of Greenwich

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How will the money be spent?Total £24,869

Labour Landscaping - £5,000 (20%)
Labour - source and build - £2,500 (10%)
Filmmaker - 5 days @ £250 Video 10 days £100 - £2,000 (8%)
Design revisions Construction drawings - £1,500 (6%)
Concrete post foundations - £1,500 (6%)
Contingency - £1,400 (6%)
Community gardener x 42 weeks, 3 hours @ £15 + £5 travel + £200 training materials - £1,300 (5%)
Reclaimed Sandstone Slabs - 44 sqm @ £29.17 - £1,283 (5%)
Reclaimed Timber Boards - 20sqm @ £62.50 - £1,250 (5%)
Fruit trees mature x 4 - £704 (3%)
Other - £6,431 (26%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Labour Landscaping
Labour - source and build
Filmmaker - 5 days @ £250 Video 10 days £100
Design revisions Construction drawings
Concrete post foundations
Community gardener x 42 weeks, 3 hours @ £15 + £5 travel + £200 training materials
Reclaimed Sandstone Slabs - 44 sqm @ £29.17
Reclaimed Timber Boards - 20sqm @ £62.50
Fruit trees mature x 4
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • Removal
  • Sundries
  • Paint, Fireproof coatings, Surface treatments, etc.
  • Clearing the site
  • Perennials, bulbs and wildflower seed mix
  • Reclaimed Paving stones - 6 sqm @ £54.17
  • Printing of A5 flyers x 1000
  • Compost
  • 100 x 50mm Treated structural timber - 115 @ £2.50 per meter
  • Construction Drawings, Architect guidance on site.
  • Gardening tools spades forks trowels
  • VAT
  • Mulch
  • Tree planting kits stakes and ties
  • Irrigation – hose reel , watering cans
  • Tree gaurds
  • Growing accessories seed trays cells pots Propagator


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:

  • Buy plants and trees for neighbouring brown and underused spaces
  • Fit a watering tap
  • Remove the broken noticeboard and paint railings

Total £24,869

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