Bandstand Beds Association (BBA) Community Garden on Windmill Drive SW4 has been built by volunteers on a very uneven corner of the green waste site, formerly known as the dump, on Clapham Common. Last year we raised money from Lambeth parks events levy for accessible pathways for the original part of the garden. This year Lambeth gave us a second part of the green waste site to extend the garden. This is fantastic but - this part of the site is more uphill and has a crumbling concrete gun placement from WWII. Bark chippings have been laid by volunteers as a temporary measure, but we urgently need to find a permanent solution to make the garden safer for all. We need to raise £5,000 to make this new part of the garden stable and accessible. If we raise this amount, Lambeth will commission the work to be carried out by the contractors who laid pathways in the original part of the garden, saving us £1,000 on VAT. Please help us raise this money.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
It will make the garden a safer place for all! Without your help Age UK Lambeth will not be able to bring their elderly clients to us for tea, chat and gentle gardening. Our blind and partially sighted visitors from the Thomas Poklington Trust in Wandsworth cannot extend their Saturday wanderings into the whole garden, smelling the herbs and enjoying the sensory experience of vegetables growing. All of our volunteer members, their families and friends will have a safer and more relaxed experience working and enjoying our wonderful food growing space.
Steps to get it done:
In the past 18 months Bandstand Beds Association membership has gone from below 10 to approaching 100. By carrying out this essential work we will be able to open the garden to more people, particularly less able bodied people, and to increase social cohesion between these often more isolated groups and the wider community. These and for example schools' groups are interested in visiting the garden for learning purposes but cannot do so until it is made safe.
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Our next event is a Halloween Happening and Pathway Launch Saturday 28 October 11am to 3pm. A spooky cook-up to celebrate the installation of our new pathways and to thank everyone who supported our fundraising campaign. Food and fun for everyone! Hope we will see you there. (The picture is of our new paths extension being got ready for the first time for our Taste of Asia event on 7 October with Green Shoots Foundation.)
Cannot thank you all enough for your help in reaching our target. And we did reach it - the total shows 99% but only because one pledge of £25 has failed to materialise! The contractors, T Loughman & Co Ltd, came on site last week and as you can see the new path and stable area in front of the container are in. It really has transformed the garden. Launch party now being planned.
Delighted to see the pledges recently from various anonymous donors - very many thanks. Also to GLL for their generous pledge of £300. Today we can pledge £50 match funding received from Capital Growths Urban Harvest in support of our sales at the Feast on 16 September. This takes us to our target. Great news! Thanks to everyone for their support and efforts to make this project possible.
Our Autumn Feast on Saturday was a hive of activity all day as people dropped in to sample wonderful food made from our own produce from our guest chef Dean from The Manor (www.themanorclapham.co.uk) and from our own food bloggers Howell and Harte, and Diana. Plus marvellous cakes from Eileen and friends. Our produce stall was manned all day and a steady stream of chutneys, squashes and assorted vegetables and plants were taken away. The raffle, with prizes from local businesses was also a success. Delighted to pledge £500 today.
A sunny Saturday yesterday volunteers hard at work preparing for our Autumn Feast on Saturday 16 September and raising £120 from sales at the garden which we have pledged today. Our Feast is big fundraising occasion for us and we hope all our supporters will come along to sample food made from our home-grown vegetables with guest chef dean from The Manor. Also gardening activities, a prize raffle, Dr Bike, police bike marking, and make a scarecrow with The Spinney.