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The Arches Wildlife & Wellbeing Garden

Funded on Spacehive 19 December 2022 Delivered 16 December 2023

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The Arches Wildlife & Wellbeing Garden

The Arches Wildlife & Wellbeing Garden

Incredible Edible Handbridge By Incredible Edible Handbridge

We want to create a wildlife and wellbeing garden, transforming an overgrown and unused green space into a social space with wildflowers, fruit trees and fruit bushes, and a seating area for relaxing.

Handbridge Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 19 Dec 2022!

We are still waiting for the official agreement to be written up by the council. In the unlikely scenario that this isn't written up, this campaign will be closed and all pledges refunded. We aim to create a wildlife & well being garden, transforming an overgrown & unused green space into a social space with wildflowers, fruit trees, fruit bushes, a vegetable planter, and a seating area. The impact will be a catalyst for positive community change. A variety of plants and fruit & veg will improve air quality, biodiversity and provide food & enjoyment for the community! Children will learn about looking after wildlife, spotting and identifying insects, birds & plants. We will plant wildflowers, sensory bushes (like rosemary & lavender), and a flagstone path for easy access for prams and strollers to a picnic bench. We are liaising with our allocated Chester Zoo contacts and local Wildlife Champions to provide opportunities for children to enjoy identifying wildlife in the garden.

What we'll deliver:

  • A low maintenance wildlife and wellbeing garden
  • Plant a variety of edible plants, fruit trees and fruit bushes to enjoy
  • Build a custom raised planter for vegetables
  • Create a safe water feature like a bird bath and barrel ponds
  • Lay down flagstones to create a pram and wheelchair friendly access
  • Provide a bench for socialising, picnics and relaxation
  • Install a bird box and bug hotel, hedgehog house and hedgehog webcam (linked to Chester Zoo)
  • Create a "Bee Friendly Garden" with wildflowers
  • Plant sensory bushes like rosemary, lavender bushes and herbs

Why it's a great idea:

General Environmental Benefits: • Increased local biodiversity • Attract pollinators to the area • Absorb carbon from the atmosphere • Improve air quality Community Benefits: • Increased sense of community • Improve the look of the area and pride • Produce nutritious food for the community • Provide outdoor space for local people and families who don't have their own Educational Benefits for Wider Community: • Share gardening skills and knowledge • Teach the community about food growing techniques that don't harm the environment • Offer volunteer opportunities • Provide fun education opportunities for children and schools

Steps to get it done:

  • Hire of machinery to excavate, remove waste, returf
  • Order required amount of organic top soil & manure
  • Measure up, design and build vegetable planter
  • Design & plant Wildflower & Pollinator areas
  • Plant espalier apple trees and fruit bushes
  • Lay flagstone path and flagged area around bench
  • Make & install bird box, bug hotel and other features
  • Install bench
  • Installation of educational information sign (by Chester Zoo)

We are local people living in the local area, enthusiastic about the environment and healthy living, and want to see our community thrive. In 2019 we started Incredible Edible Handbridge to transform a neglected urban space at Industry (former Boy’s Club), Overleigh Road, from a derelict patch of bare earth, bricks and pigeon poo into edible oasis aka community allotment providing veg, salad and herbs to our community. We've learnt a lot since then, despite Lockdown interruptions, and are so excited about this next phase. We are very excited to be supported by our own Chester Zoo Community Engagement Officer. Also two of our Incredible Edible Handbridge team have attended the Wildlife Champions course at the Zoo. Please help us to create The Arches Wildlife & Wellbeing Community Garden for and together with our local community!

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About the space

The Arches is a walkway between the corner of Meadows Lane and Devonshire Place providing access to Prenton Place. to


Cheshire West and Chester

How will the money be spent?Total £5,202

Landscape gardening to clear existing site - £2,160 (42%)
Sign Design & Installation - £1,000 (19%)
Apple Trees, Fruit Bushes, Plants, Stakes - £420 (8%)
Contingency at 10% - £337 (6%)
Flagstones - £260 (5%)
Bench (treated) - £235 (5%)
Planter - £160 (3%)
Delivery of Soil Improver – 10 Tonnes - £150 (3%)
2 Tonnes Compost from local supplier - £130 (2%)
Training in Fruit Tree Pruning/ Care x 2 vols - £110 (2%)
Other - £240 (5%)

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.

Landscape gardening to clear existing site
Sign Design & Installation
Apple Trees, Fruit Bushes, Plants, Stakes
Contingency at 10%
Bench (treated)
Delivery of Soil Improver – 10 Tonnes
2 Tonnes Compost from local supplier
Training in Fruit Tree Pruning/ Care x 2 vols
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  • 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:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation
  • Fliers to promote the project to the community
  • Start improving the overgrown area directly opposite the project site

Total £5,202

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