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MindFood Makeover - facilities upgrade

Funded on Spacehive 30 June 2020 Delivered 26 April 2021

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MindFood Makeover - facilities upgrade

MindFood Makeover - facilities upgrade

MindFood CIO By MindFood CIO

MindFood would like to upgrade facilities at our allotment at Cleveley Crescent, to provide a more comfortable all-weather environment to teach food-growing and wellbeing techniques year-round.

Ealing Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 30 Jun 2020!

MindFood help people tackle stress, depression and anxiety naturally, by teaching food-growing and tips and techniques to improve wellbeing. It is often a huge step for people to come to us for help and support, and we would like to weather-proof our offer to make that first visit (and successive ones) a little easier to contemplate. We built our own geodesic dome about 5 years ago and it’s edging towards the end of its natural life, letting in the rain in places and the wood is starting to rot. We would love to replace it so that we can provide a comfortable leak-proof space for seed-sowing and as a mini nursery for all our young plants. Also we would like to upgrade the pergola for the grape vines we grow, for more shade on sunny days. We looking to build a frame that’s strong enough to support a sail shade or awning over our seating area. And finally, we would like to buy reclaimed wooden planks to replace rotten raised beds, then woodchip all the areas around them.

What we'll deliver:

  • A new geodesic dome
  • A new pergola
  • New raised beds
  • Woodchip area around raised beds

Why it's a great idea:

By upgrading this growing site it will be easier to encourage more people to come to us for help with stress, anxiety and depression. In the UK, 1 in 4 people struggle with a mental health problem in any given year, and in London nearly 1 in 2 admit to being more anxious than they feel they can handle. Reconnecting people with nature has been evidenced to improve people’s mental health, but until they reconnect, many assume that being out in all weathers is not for them. This can make signing up for sessions in winter quite a leap of faith, and yet it is exactly the time of year that they need us most. All our courses are free, and there’s no waiting time to join - we have capacity to help many more people. Over 90% people feel calmer as a result of coming to MindFood. In addition, teaching people how to grow their own food (and take some home!) means that people are eating more healthily, and learning about the environment and sustainability too.

Steps to get it done:

  • Buying the wood for the raised beds and the pergola
  • Replacing rotten raised beds
  • Purchasing geodesic dome
  • Organising volunteer day for building dome
  • Open day to combine with a mental health awareness day eg May or Oct

To find out more about what we do, please visit or to sign up for our free 6-session Growing Wellbeing course, email Lucy at

Location Ealing

About the space

Cleveley Crescent Allotments


London Borough of Ealing

How will the money be spent?Total £3,867

Geodesic dome - £2,900 (75%)
Used beams & scaffold boards - £500 (13%)
Wood chippings - £200 (5%)
Other - £267 (7%)

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.

Geodesic dome
Used beams & scaffold boards
Wood chippings
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


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:

  • We would use extra funds for buying plants and compost, and refreshments for our open day.

Total £3,867

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