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The Forget-Me-Not Community Allotment

Funded on Spacehive 7 June 2023

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The Forget-Me-Not Community Allotment

Parenting Together Margate By Parenting Together Margate

Our community allotment offers children and families the opportunity to explore, play and grow. Our free sessions encourages their connection to nature and awareness of the impact they have upon it.

Dane Valley Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 07 Jun 2023!

We run a community-focused, outdoor learning and growing group in the heart of Margate – one of the most socially deprived areas in the South East of England. Our allotment offers a safe, outdoor environment for local families and aims to encourage curiosity, discovery and growth in a natural space. Since acquiring the allotment in September, we have reached over 200 families with our free “Stay and Play” sessions. Our groups are centred around improved early learning outcomes for children (including the critical areas of speech, communication, language, social & emotional development). We are passionate about coming alongside families to offer support and guidance where needed. Following a fantastic first 6 months, we would like to develop the allotment further through a range of areas that will not only provide young people with a valuable hands-on experience, to plant, grow and harvest their own food, but will also benefit biodiversity and encourage wildlife in the local area.

What we'll deliver:

  • Develop and install a wildlife pond
  • Build a treehouse
  • Build an outdoor kitchen area for our "plant to plate" project
  • Build and install accessible and inclusive planters in our growing area
  • Continue to staff and run free sessions for families

Why it's a great idea:

We believe all children should be given opportunities to connect with their local, natural environment and have a chance to engage in purposeful, developmentally appropriate creative learning experiences. We want to ignite the imagination, spark creativity, promote wellbeing, breathe in the fresh air and fill young hearts and minds with the beauty and wonder of nature. It is our understanding that there is a growing evidence-base supporting the value of safe, outdoor, out-of-home play opportunities for young children and their families, which encourages secure attachment and increases positive learning outcomes. Research shows the huge benefits of playing outdoors, especially in those early, formative years. Being outside and free to explore and play, supports a child's social and emotional skills. Our sessions also provide an opportunity to get little hands dirty through gardening, enhancing sensory development, promoting healthy eating and encouraging responsibility and patience.

Steps to get it done:

  • Digging the pond area, buying the pond plants, planting and creating the space
  • Inviting children to help fill the pond up
  • Buying the timber and materials for the treehouse
  • Build and construct the treehouse with volunteers
  • Official treehouse opening at our outdoor play sessions!
  • Buy the outdoor kitchen equipment and install it
  • Invite the local community to come and cook and eat with us - using our new outdoor kitchen!

Moving forward, we have some exciting plans for the Forget-Me-Not allotment. Not only do we want to continue to provide a safe, outdoor space for families, but we want to reach other groups in the community too. By further developing our growing area , we want to offer this wonderful space to local schools, (we already have an SEN school regularly visiting) and to also partner with the NHS, offering social prescribing - a 'natural' community-based solution to help combat social isolation, anxiety and support resilience. We would also like to be able to offer free, stay and play sessions for local, refugee families, forming important relationships and learning about different cultures in our community. Our outdoor kitchen project will help us to host and facilitate community events, where we invite our users to come and enjoy our outdoor space, being able to communally eat the produce we have grown together!

Location Dane Valley

About the space

The Forget-Me-Not Allotment


Thanet District Council

How will the money be spent?Total £7,012

Staff Costs - £5,000 (71%)
Treehouse Materials - £352 (5%)
Outdoor pizza oven - £269 (4%)
Timber Raised Plant Beds - £171 (2%)
Outdoor kitchen fire pit - £170 (2%)
Pond Liner - £165 (2%)
Outdoor kitchen grill tripod - £149 (2%)
Pond Plants - £100 (1%)
Fleece Underlay - £64 (1%)
Treehouse Timber - £50 (1%)
Other - £523 (7%)

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.

Staff Costs
Treehouse Materials
Outdoor pizza oven
Timber Raised Plant Beds
Outdoor kitchen fire pit
Pond Liner
Outdoor kitchen grill tripod
Pond Plants
Fleece Underlay
Treehouse Timber
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT
  • Pebbles


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
  • Update and reinforce the learning cabin
  • Extra outdoor play equipment

Total £7,012

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