TYS2 garden 4 everyone

Funded on Spacehive 16 July 2017

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TYS2 garden 4 everyone

TYS2 garden 4 everyone

Friends of Friars Gardens By Friends of Friars Gardens

A garden that all local residents can enjoy including a community flower garden, a mini meadow and mini orchard and naturalistic play features for children such as stepping stones and boulders.

London Delivery stage

27
backers
£49,827
pledged of £49,803

Funding is now over. Bear with us while we tot up all your pledges!

In the Transform Your Space 2 initiative launched by Ealing Council, Friars Gardens (the public open space between Friars Way and St Dunstan's Ave) has been awarded £45,000 to make this space more inclusive and accessible. To fulfil the criteria of the TYS2 scheme, the garden project must still raise match-funding of £1,217 from the community to qualify. Please will you pledge? Your funding will add to the council's award to provide new trees and refreshed planting, a community flower garden, a mini meadow and orchard, plus naturalistic play features for children such as stepping stones and boulders. Visitors will enjoy improved access with an easy-close pedestrian entrance gate on the northern side and a replacement maintenance gate as well as a new pedestrian gate on the south-eastern side. A path to enable walking will connect the two entrances. New benches and bins will also be provided.The green can continue to be used by those exercising their dogs.

What we'll deliver:

  • Build raised beds for the community garden as a centrepiece of this space.
  • Care for the community flower garden utilising the Friends of Friars Gardens support network.
  • Refresh the planting in the garden as a whole with easy-care specimen shrubs and climbers for the fences.
  • Plant a new tree and mini meadow with bulbs at the southern tip of the triangular green.
  • Plant two new trees on the empty corner at the north-western tip of the green.
  • Add eight small orchard trees on the north-west side to create a mini-orchard.
  • Improve public access with a new easy-open pedestrian gate on the north side and at the south-east side.
  • Replace the existing unwieldy utility gate with a new fit-for-purpose gate for the council's lawn mower.
  • Create a Hoggin pathway that will link the two entrances and allow people a mud-free stroll even in winter.
  • Add naturalistic children's play features such as stepping stones and boulders.
  • Use Friends of Friars Garden support network to keep watch over the green and encourage community-spirited behaviour.
  • Represent residents should any threat arise from keeping the green a tranquil green space.
  • Consult residents to find out what community event is most appropriate for this green.

Why it's a great idea:

With the development of many areas of Acton and ever higher-density living a reality of city life, our traditional neighbourhoods are increasingly urban and under pressure. Many front gardens have been paved over and, as highlighted in a campaign by the RHS, green space is dangerously under threat. Birds and bees have lost natural habitats, but so have the people. It is more important than ever to preserve the open spaces we do have and improve their quality to make them work better for the community. Friars Gardens, one of three triangular greens in the area, is an open space that some local people currently feel excluded from. A re-imagined Friars Garden would encourage more community interaction and this particular space - with a fence and its central location - has great potential as a meeting point and a restful haven for all. With improved paths and gates, the garden would also be - very importantly - accessible for less-able-bodied people.

Steps to get it done:

  • Organise community gardening in the Flower Garden with volunteers from Friends of Friars Gardens support network.

What we've done already: * Presented this proposal to Acton Central Ward Forum on 27 May 2015 and put A5 flyers through doors and on noticeboards. * Established an informal neighbourhood group Friends of Friars Gardens. * Met with Ealing Council for Voluntary Services to take advice on setting up as a formally constituted group (FOFGA). * Group of 7 residents presented this TYS2 proposal on Saturday 30 January 2016 to Leader of the Council Julian Bell, the Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, Bassam Mahfouz, and 4 other officers. * On 9 February 2016, announced as successful project in the TYS2 initiative, winning council support of £45,000. * Our story on front page of CCA newsletter - Winter 2016 - and on ActonW3.com website. * Distributed Residents Survey in March 2016 to all properties overlooking the green. * Our story in 'Around Ealing' magazine in Summer 2016 issue. * First general meeting held on 12 February 2017 with Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer elected.

Location London

London has 90 other projects and £905,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

Public open space 19 - Friars Gardens, W3.

Council

London Borough of Ealing

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How will the money be spent?Total £49,803

Children's naturalistic play equipment - £8,466 (17%)
Creation of community garden including raised beds - £5,000 (10%)
Contingency for supply, delivery & installations by contractor (Ealing Council requirement) - £5,000 (10%)
Park benches set in tarmac - £5,000 (10%)
Community gardening and admin/ marketing activities - £3,600 (7%)
Construction of raised planters with boulders/ stepping stones running through area. - £3,600 (7%)
Hoggin path - £2,700 (5%)
New trees and planting throughout site - £2,600 (5%)
Tree pruning and shrub removal - £2,500 (5%)
Paving in community garden - £2,434 (5%)
Other - £8,903 (18%)

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.

17%
Children's naturalistic play equipment
£8,466
10%
Creation of community garden including raised beds
£5,000
10%
Contingency for supply, delivery & installations by contractor (Ealing Council requirement)
£5,000
10%
Park benches set in tarmac
£5,000
7%
Community gardening and admin/ marketing activities
£3,600
7%
Construction of raised planters with boulders/ stepping stones running through area.
£3,600
5%
Hoggin path
£2,700
5%
New trees and planting throughout site
£2,600
5%
Tree pruning and shrub removal
£2,500
5%
Paving in community garden
£2,434
18%
Other
£8,903
  • Paving for small patio area
    £2,000
  • Double gate for maintenance vehicles
    £1,500
  • Double Prosafe self-closing gate (internal kids' area)
    £1,500
  • Single Prosafe self-closing gate (internal flower garden)
    £1,000
  • Single pedestrian gate beside maintenance gate (north end)
    £1,000
  • Single pedestrian gate into flower garden (southern end)
    £1,000
  • Extra rubbish bin
    £800
  • Spacehive fees
    £55
  • Transaction Fees
    £37
  • VAT
    £11

Total £49,803

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