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Riverside Roots Secret Garden Bus

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Riverside Roots Secret Garden Bus

Building Futures East By Building Futures East

To convert a Double Decker bus to create a community greenhouse in which we can grow fresh produce for inclusion for our food parcels for distribution to local residents most in need.

Newcastle upon Tyne Fundraising stage

pledged of £8,706
days left

Help us transform our riverside double-decker bus into a buzzing community greenhouse space in Walker, where we will grow fresh organic produce for local residents. Volunteers will plan, plant, grow, harvest and distribute the produce whilst interacting in this vibrant ‘indoor-outdoor’ environment. Due to the cost-of-living crisis, local residents struggle to access and afford fresh, healthy eating options. This exciting project will provide the opportunity to maintain nutritious dietary options and will also enhance health and wellbeing by promoting physical activity – both indoors and out, reducing social isolation, and helping to grow friendships and community connections. As well as transforming the bus’s interior, local artists will be invited to contribute ideas to rejuvenate its exterior and to showcase our bountiful bus. This eye-catching addition to the riverside landscape will raise awareness of our charity and our contribution to the community.

What we'll deliver:

  • A fully renovated safe space for the cultivation of fresh produce
  • Provide regular supervised activities for local residents
  • The bus will become a sustainable community garden greenhouse
  • A proportion of the produce will also be distributed to local residents most in need by our established food bankt

Why it's a great idea:

The community greenhouse will provide physical and mental health benefits to those involved. Access to free, fresh and nutritious produce. Reduce social isolation and promote development of community networks and friendships The rejuvenated and vibrantly decorated bus will add colour and character to the Walker riverside. Opportunity to develop further collaborative ideas for ongoing regeneration of Walker riverside community and surrounding areas.

Steps to get it done:

  • To strip out the bus interior
  • refit the bus equipped for gardening
  • Decorating the exterior of the bus
  • Purchasing the plants and equipment needed
  • Sowing the seeds of hope
  • Maintaining the growth of the plants
  • Harvesting produce


Location Newcastle upon Tyne

About the space

Custom Location


Newcastle City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £8,706

Painting of bus exterior - £3,168 (36%)
Skip Hire X 4 Large - £1,526 (18%)
Wood for Planters x 7 - £579 (7%)
Plants and seeds - £500 (6%)
Outside seating - £459 (5%)
Cleaning products for interior and exterior - £400 (5%)
soil (615ltrs) x 4 - £260 (3%)
Free standing planters - £250 (3%)
Removal Of bus seats - £200 (2%)
Anti mould paint x3 - £180 (2%)
Other - £1,183 (14%)

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.

Painting of bus exterior
Skip Hire X 4 Large
Wood for Planters x 7
Plants and seeds
Outside seating
Cleaning products for interior and exterior
soil (615ltrs) x 4
Free standing planters
Removal Of bus seats
Anti mould paint x3
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • Storage x 2
  • Floor paint x 2
  • VAT
  • Wall paint x 3
  • Metal primer
  • lighting indoor x 8
  • Wall Primer x 4
  • Tools x 5 sets
  • Screws 500 pack x 2 (1000)
  • grow bags x 5


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:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation
  • We will create a decking area for outside the bus
  • expand the existing outside garden area

Total £8,706

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.
  • Come and join our happy band of volunteers! Do you have skills to share in: Art & design Gardening Joinery & other DIY? Visit us on site to see how you could help us transform our double-decker bus, & please show your support by pledging your time.
  • Time is ticking on our fundraising clock! Can you help us with our fundraising campaign? If you're skilled in marketing, fundraising, publicity or public engagement we'd really appreciate your help. Can you offer us your support? Please get in touch!
  • Can you or your business help our appeal by donating or loaning equipment? We need: Cleaning materials Paint (interior & exterior) Timber Tools - for joinery, painting & gardening Soil & compost; plants & seeds Visit our site to see how you can help!

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Hazel Oakes offered
Bus exterior design workshop with community and creatives, then creating a final design to incorporate all the ideas and messages into a cohesive show stopping design that has the vibes of Building Futures East. Assisting in painting and installation of the exterior painting.
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