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The Cranbrook Square Garden

Funded on Spacehive 17 May 2021 Delivered 29 October 2022

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The Cranbrook Square Garden

Garden City Redbridge Residents Association (GCRRA) By Garden City Redbridge Residents Association (GCRRA)

The Square Garden next to Valentines Park needs some TLC! Residents want to preserve its natural beauty and encourage wildlife, while creating a colourful space to bring the community together.

Ilford Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 17 May 2021!

Residents already love and care for this garden set out over 100 years ago in what used to be part of the garden of Valentines Mansion. Would you like to help? We are planning to repaint the railings and gate, as well as replant the perimeter beds to give the garden all-round colour for the enjoyment of residents, passers-by and visitors. Wouldn’t it be lovely to make the garden more inviting for shared community events? We’d love to hear your ideas for encouraging and learning about London wildlife, such as a Butterfly Count or setting up a bug hotel in the heart of the garden. The aim is to restore and maintain the historic charm of this gated garden; enhance its beauty with colourful planting, regular cleaning and pruning; celebrate and share each other’s cultures, starting with planting a Christmas tree to decorate each year; preserve and encourage learning about a tiny “green jungle” for London wildlife in this urban space; organise events to bring the community together.

What we'll deliver:

  • Repaint the railings and gate
  • Redesign the perimeter beds
  • Maintain the new planting in the perimeter beds
  • Encourage wildlife to flourish
  • Organise family-friendly events
  • Keep the garden tidy

Why it's a great idea:

A focal point The Square Garden will provide a meeting point for local families and individuals to have a sense of shared purpose, either through volunteering or enjoying social and cultural experiences. Maintaining the garden regularly will deter anti-social behaviour. Pride in our local area will be encouraged as will a sense of shared responsibility. Visitors to the award-winning Valentines Park often pass by The Square Garden and its restoration will complement the beauty of the area. We fully expect to develop all sorts of exciting ideas for the future suggested by any member of the community. We hope to encourage volunteering and a sense of us all having a stake in something for the future. We are fortunate to have this “oasis” for wildlife with such a well-developed natural landscape at its heart.

Steps to get it done:

  • Agree plan for which plants to remove
  • Arrange removal of garden refuse
  • Recruit volunteers
  • Put up a sign to explain what is happening
  • Choose contractors and volunteers
  • Contact the London Wildlife Trust for ideas and information
  • Schedule COVID safe shifts to complete clearance and preparation work
  • Contractors and volunteers clear perimeter beds of old roses and other identified plants
  • Rub down the iron railings
  • Repair the gate
  • Draw up plan of what replacement shrubs are to be planted where
  • Dig out topsoil where shrub roses are to be planted
  • Install a small ramp to make the garden accessible
  • Order new shrubs
  • Order a bug hotel and any garden “furniture”
  • Schedule COVID safe shifts to complete re-painting railings and gate
  • Schedule COVID safe shifts to complete planting work
  • Plant new shrubs
  • Create plans for events
  • Promote new activities

Would you like to find out more about the heritage aspect of this garden and the connection to Valentines Mansion?

Location Ilford

About the space

The Square Garden is just off Bethell Avenue, between Cranbrook Road and Valentines Park


London Borough of Redbridge

How will the money be spent?Total £6,546

Labour for railings - £1,980 (30%)
Replanting perimeter beds - £1,921 (29%)
Repair gate and railheads - £1,164 (18%)
Materials for preparation and repainting - £465 (7%)
Sundries - £350 (5%)
Plant living Christmas tree - £250 (4%)
Other - £415 (6%)

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.

Labour for railings
Replanting perimeter beds
Repair gate and railheads
Materials for preparation and repainting
Plant living Christmas tree
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:

  • Buy additional plants
  • Buy decorations for a community event, eg battery operated lights
  • Buy additional items to encourage learning about wildlife

Total £6,546

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.
  • Preparation of railings
  • Painting railings
  • Pledge an hour to do digging
  • Pledge an hour to do planting

Want to help?

Do you have stuff or skills to contribute to this project? Use this tool to offer something to the project creator.



Diana Smith offered
Help with preparation and repainting railings. Litter picking. Gardening. Help design and organise community events. Initial pledge of time but will pledge more once the project gets underway.
Diana Smith offered
One hour litter picking this week.
Cutting back the gorse bushes and clearing the leaves.
Diana Smith offered
Cutting back and tidying perimeter beds
Digging shrubs and unproductive roses
Cutting back the gorse bushes.
Providing rose feed for the roses and shrubs.
Yasin Patel offered
My household (both adults) are offering to clean around the square including the litter, dead leaves, beer cans etc. We will do 1 hour each week for 4 weeks. We will also be promoting the project via leafletting and sending out promotional material. 2 sessions at 3 hours per session.
Dimitra Poli offered
Weeding, cutting back, general gardening
2 hours work at the garden digging the beds
Cutting back gorse, clearing weeds
Diana Smith offered
Digging through beds, cutting back.
Dimitra Poli offered
Digging, deweeding and cutting back
Simon Bird offered
Preparing the railings, rubbing down etc
Yasin Patel offered
Preparation of Railings
Diana Smith offered
Digging and cutting back
Diana Smith offered
Designing replanting of beds / general upkeep and promoting children’s temporary planting
Hilary Evans offered
Hilary Evans offered
Railings - preparation and painting
Help with fence preparation, painting and/or planting.
Digging the perimeter beds and raking the leaves.
Dimitra Poli offered
Preparation of railings and painting of railings
Help in preparing and painting the fence
Dimitra Poli offered
Clearing of perimeter beds
Cut back Gorse bushes on both corners, trimmed thorn tree and removed dead branches
Hilary Evans offered
Digging & feeding roses
Watering the rose bushes plants and general gardening.
Nadia Mirza offered
helping out with clearing rubbish, raking leaves and weeding; and watering of the bushes/plants. Also pledging an hour to digging.
planting, general gardening
Hilary Evans offered
Digging and tidying up the perimeter beds.
Hilary Evans offered
Digging, general gardening
Hilary Evans offered
Nasturtium planting
Nadia Mirza offered
digging, planting and general tidying.
Nadia Mirza offered
Helping with trimming bushes and general cleaning
Sanding down the railings in preparation of painting.
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