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Sustaining Malden Manor Station's Garden

Funded on Spacehive 20 April 2018 Delivered 26 September 2019

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Sustaining Malden Manor Station's Garden

Trish Gant FRSA By Trish Gant FRSA

Funding is being sought for on-going maintenance of Malden Manor Station’s John Everett Millais Community Garden. The space is a safe social meeting and learning space for everyone.

New Malden Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 20 Apr 2018!

Following collaboration among Malden Manor Residents in 2014, community research identified Malden Manor Station as a focus for fly-tipping and needing some environmental improvements. Since the station is manned peak times only, some residents reported feeling vulnerable when waiting for trains. South West Trains ‘Adopt-A-Station’ programme and Idverde were identified as match-funding partners to co-create a beautiful garden, social and learning space on the forecourt of the station. Residents felt that added presence at the station would lead to a reduction in anti-social behaviour and improve the reputation of the ‘gateway to Malden Manor’. In 2016, the first planting day was held when over 70 residents and children attended. 2 more planting days followed and a one-off pilot Rhyme Time poetry session in the garden was supported by volunteers from the Malden Manor Adopt A Station Group. The garden has become a catalyst for change and optimism among the community.

What we'll deliver:

  • Add more stonger trellis and climbing plants to improve the boundary of the garden
  • Raise the level of the planter closest to the wall and improve planting
  • 70 volunteer hours for litter picking and 2 community planting days

Why it's a great idea:

Community Research conducted in Malden Manor in 2014 revealed that the area has suffered from a poor reputation and health inequalities for some time. Malden Manor Station Garden is named after John Everett Millais, (said to have painted Ophelia in the nearby Hogsmill River,) raises public awareness of the area's rich cultural heritage, . The formation of Malden Manor's Adopt-A-Station Group has empowered the local people to take ownership, maintaining the space. When volunteers are litter picking or planting, passersby often comment on what a difference the garden is making to them. It provides a much needed safe meeting space and has imbued residents with a sense of pride. The MMAAS Group is now involved in supporting social activities with Sustrans who are planning to open a community space nearby. It is essential that the garden be maintained since it is a reflection of the area and its residents and dispels the negative impressions that outsiders may have of Malden Manor.

Steps to get it done:

  • Raise the level of the planter near the wall and add more trellis
  • Community Planting Day 1 - Spring
  • Community Planting Day 2 - Autumn

Location New Malden

About the space

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Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

How will the money be spent?Total £852

Public Liability Insurance - £200 (23%)
Plants, fertiliser, plant food - £170 (20%)
2 railway sleepers - £120 (14%)
2 square trellis - £120 (14%)
Carpenter - £100 (12%)
4 supporting posts - £60 (7%)
70lts compost - £30 (4%)
Other - £52 (6%)

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.

Public Liability Insurance
Plants, fertiliser, plant food
2 railway sleepers
2 square trellis
4 supporting posts
70lts compost
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £852

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