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The garden is a large, concealed space, with a range of established trees and plants, ensuring a sense of tranquility. Our aim is to enhance this unique and enchanted space and ensure the community around it can gain access to it and benefit from its calming spirit. We have registered interest from a variety of local groups including yoga classes, brownies, Buddhists and arts and craft classes. We wish to build a sympathetically designed eco building that will link seamlessly to its surroundings. The design drawings have been done by a reknown local architect at no cost. Hers's more on the building: An 8.5m x 4.5m fully insulated space containing storage, kitchenette and WC. Built off the rear wall of the garden, it will be glazed on 2 sides which then open out into the garden and the roof extends, acting as a canopy either side to provide a covered entrance one and a part covered craft area. A refurbished pathway with new lighting and and enlarged entrance ensures safe access.
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Why it's a great idea:
This project appeals to all demographics and is highly inclusive. Groups of all ages can enjoy the space by booking it for sessions in the evenings and weekends, be it Forest schools to promote and enhance outdoor skills for children or Pilates classes for over 50's to a venue for the local NCT group. There would be a nominal donation to Friends of Grasmere for its use but once established, the garden and building would have minimal upkeep with all users adhereing to a clear code of conduct, ensuring the space and new bioding is respected. We have already raised over £5000 but we need substantially more to make this a reality. The adjoining school can use it during the day and would also benefit, using the space for enriching the curriculum in areas such as Science, art and intervention groups for children with additional needs. It's calm, low stimulation feel would benefit children with Autism and could attract support groups for children with Autism and their parents.
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About the space
Hidden Garden at Grasmere
London Borough of Hackney