Islington-based charity, Octopus, wants to buy a milk float and transform it into a ‘Gro-Mobile’ so that we can get into parts of Islington our Urban Wild Places project cannot effectively reach. As fate would have it, we’ve found the perfect milk float who needs a new home. Much of the conversion has already been done, but time is of the essence. We need to be up and running before the growing season is underway.
We need the Gro-Mobile to venture into communities and help them transform unloved areas into thriving wildlife places and estates into food-growing oases.
So, in 2016 we’re going to be working with more estate-based growing groups, there’s over 40 of them, which means we’ll be out on the road, a lot.
To be fully operational the milk float needs to be retrofitted with solar panels, a basic kitchen – for a cuppa and hand washing – along with lockable storage.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The Gro-Mobile will help us pop-up on estates, facilitate community-led seasonal growing workshops and environmental activities during the school holidays, encouraging children and young people to connect with nature and improve where they live.
We're committed to community development and gardening is a great way of bringing people from different backgrounds together. Community gardens can become a focal point for community organizing, and foster the development of community spirit. They provide a place for food production, giving access to fresh home-grown nutritionally rich food that may be otherwise unavailable to low-income families. Gardening provides a fantastic inter-generational ‘living learning environment’ – for children to learn where food comes from and to think of enterprising ways to improve their environment. The Gro-Mobile will become a real focal point encouraging people to get outdoors – just 20 minutes spent outside is said to significantly improve wellbeing.
Steps to get it done:
We’ve planned a month for retrofitting and rebranding the milk float, which means it will be ready in time for a full calendar of events, workshops, and growing sessions. With your support, we can reach more people and more places. Help us deliver nature to their doorsteps.
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First of all we'd like to say a HUGE thank you to The Arsenal Foundation for pledging £1250 towards the Islington Gro-Mobile. Also thank you to everyone we met at the Whitecross Street Market last Friday, and who purchased a 'Sow-To-Go' kit to help the campaign. With only 13 days to go, we're nearly there, but just need one more big push. If each of you could tell just two friends about the project, we'd be even closer. We're determined to hit that target, and hope that you'll help us spread the word far and wide! Thank you for supporting the Islington Gro-Mobile, The Urban Wild Places Team
Thank you so much for pledging your support to the Islington Gro-Mobile campaign. We've been delighted to see the campaign gain momentum over the past few weeks, and although it's not reflected on our Spacehive site yet, we are nearing our target with over £11,000 pledged. Spacehive has given us another month to allow all the pledges to come through, so the money you pledged will not be charged to your card just yet. The extra time is part of a silver lining to a cloud that fell over the campaign last week when Bluebell was suddenly withdrawn from sale. Not to be thwarted, the Urban Wild Places team rallied round and found a new milk float to replace Bluebell. The campaign continues, so there's still time to spread the word. We'd be delighted if you could share our campaign link. Every penny counts! www.spacehive.com/islingtongromobile You can follow us on Twitter @OctopusCN with #IslingtonGroMobile, or check in to our Spacehive page, for latest updates on the campaign. Thank you again for your support! All good wishes, The Urban Wild Places Team