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Roots and Shoots: Urban Gardening

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Roots and Shoots: Urban Gardening

Roots and Shoots: Urban Gardening

City Gateway Women's Programmes By City Gateway Women's Programmes

Women from diverse backgrounds in Poplar, Stepney and Limehouse will be given gardening skills to transform urban spaces into edible gardens, fuelling healthy vibrant communities.

Tower Hamlets Idea stage

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A group of 100 vulnerable and marginalised women in Poplar, Stepney and Limehouse will work alongside professional volunteers to create edible urban gardens in unexpected spaces. The gardens created will be a local seasonal food source and teaching resource, improving health and well-being in the borough of Tower Hamlets and improving shared community spaces for all local residents. English and Maths skills will be embedded in all activities by adult education tutors teaching valuable functional skills that will transform the lives of vulnerable women long beyond the duration of our project. A small scale pilot gardening project last year was commissioned and funded by the TH public health team and they support this new community-led development of the project this year. A successful crowdfunding campaign will not only enable us to impact many more women, but will make Poplar, Stepney and Limehouse more healthy and more beautiful places to live for the whole community.

What we'll deliver:

  • Embed English and Maths skills within workshops
  • Transform local highrise balconies and shared community spaces into a source of healthy food
  • Transform part of a disused car park in a shared community hub into an edible garden.
  • Bring together communities who may not normally meet to share in seasonal celebration events
  • Run workshops giving local women skills in affordable edible landscaping - improving local health and wellbeing

Why it's a great idea:

Urban gardening holds huge potential to provide sustainable, nutritious food sources and fuel health and wellbeing in communities within Tower Hamlets. Research shows: "People in Tower Hamlets tend to become ill at an earlier age as indicated in the ‘healthy life expectancy’ figure. Women in Tower Hamlets have the lowest healthy life expectancy in the country. "(Joint Strategic Needs Assessment: Life and Health in Tower Hamlets, 2015) Our research (currently following progress of 620 local women) shows 85% of women indicated they ate less than the recommended 5 portions of fruit/vegetables per day, and 70% marked themselves as eating less than 3 portions with a diet focused on carbohydrate, protein and sugar based snacks. Women from this group commented, "I don't have money to cook healthy food" and "I want to learn how to grow food in my flat balcony." In gaining these skills women will be able to help their families and communities access a healthier living environment.

Steps to get it done:

  • 500 benefactors from the project (100 women will be equipped to grow food at home will share this with families)
  • We will embed English and Maths skills into gardening workshops
  • We will work with local community groups to provide them with Winter Garden raised beds and window boxes
  • We will equip women with skills and materials needed to transform their highrise balconies and community spaces
  • We will host a celebration harvest event with what has been grown to share with the community
  • We will invite established gardening and healthy cooking groups to share skills.
  • We will set up a 7 month programme of urban gardening and healthy cooking workshops

We are excited to work on building edible community gardens with the following: Tower Hamlets Public Health, Poplar Harca, Royal Foundation of St Katherine, Husk community centre, Salvation Army Poplar

Location Tower Hamlets

About the space

Community hub and environs


How will the money be spent?Total £23,443

Gardening and healthy cooking workshop delivery - £8,940 (38%)
50 raised beds on stilts (ideal for balconies) - £3,750 (16%)
Plants and seeds - £3,000 (13%)
Overheads - £1,500 (6%)
Compost - £1,000 (4%)
Community engagement workshops with artists, professional volunteers, and outreach events - £1,000 (4%)
Gardening tools - £500 (2%)
Printing - £500 (2%)
Graphic Designer - £500 (2%)
Celebration event - £500 (2%)
Other - £2,253 (10%)

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.

Gardening and healthy cooking workshop delivery
50 raised beds on stilts (ideal for balconies)
Plants and seeds
Community engagement workshops with artists, professional volunteers, and outreach events
Gardening tools
Graphic Designer
Celebration event
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £23,443

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