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The Community Hidden Garden at Grasmere

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The Community Hidden Garden at Grasmere

The Community Hidden Garden at Grasmere

Friends Of Grasmere By Friends Of Grasmere

This underused, beautiful, walled garden in the heart of N16 needs redevelopment, including the creation of a multi purpose eco garden building, to give community groups much needed provision.

Hackney Idea stage

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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.

What we'll deliver:

  • Creation of a bespoke, multi purpose, garden room
  • An outdoor, part covered, seating area
  • Increased access by making a wider path, lighting and enlarged entrance

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.

Steps to get it done:

  • Construct the multi purpose building
  • Create sustainable path that is lit to link entrances
  • Enhance the entrance to make access easier. Widen gates at each end of the garden


Location Hackney

About the space

Hidden Garden at Grasmere


London Borough of Hackney

How will the money be spent?Total £44,376

Multi purpose garden building - £30,000 (68%)
Dig wider path and cover with hard wearing recycled rubber surface - £5,000 (11%)
Incorporate bollard lighting at regular intervals along the path - £2,500 (6%)
Incorporate lockable metal gate to section of wall - £2,000 (5%)
Knock section of wall to enhance entrance x 2 - £600 (1%)
Other - £4,276 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Multi purpose garden building
Dig wider path and cover with hard wearing recycled rubber surface
Incorporate bollard lighting at regular intervals along the path
Incorporate lockable metal gate to section of wall
Knock section of wall to enhance entrance x 2
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £44,376

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