Is crowdfunding the future of horticulture?

Otter Farm with Mark Diacono (7th August 2013)

Crowdfunding for horticultural projects is the topic of conversation in today’s Guardian, so we want to celebrate our favourite garden projects both past and present! 

Through crowdfunding we’ve been able to help some amazing projects, so if you have a great gardening idea or need funding for your horticultural project, then we’d love you to start the conversation and see if crowdfunding is the future for you.


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LIVE: Otter Farm

As featured in today’s article, Mark Diacono is crowdfunding for Otter Farm. The project has raised £20,000 and counting – and with backing from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Mark is well on the way to hitting target!



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LIVE: The Crop Club

The Crop Club want to help reconnect communities through the joy of growing your own food! Great rewards, and giving pledgers the chance to pre-order their bespoke growing bags – put down those phones and tablets and join the community!



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Eden Project Bond 

The Eden Project is an educational charity and visitor attraction, famous for two biomes housing the world’s largest rainforest in captivity. Eden raised £1.5m to develop a home for an educational programme and give young people their first taste of horticulture!



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Sutton Community Farm

Providing fresh vegetables, grown sustainably in the UK to the local community and this supports us as a space for people to learn, grow and be part of the urban food growing movement! Initiatives like VegBox from Sutton Community Farm have flourished with the support of their crowd, raising over £17,000.



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Newquay Community Orchard

Newquay Community Orchard raised funds for an open access public space that provides workshops, apprenticeships, and community events to Newquay and it’s surrounding areas. The project was heavily backed by the local people, doubling it’s original target and raising £66,000!



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Stepney City Farm

Stepney City Farm continues to welcome over 30,000 visitors a year. People of all ages visit to get a breath of fresh air, feed the farm animals, tend their allotment or chat to neighbours. Entry to the farm is free so there is little income to keep the farm afloat. The team were inspired to try crowdfunding and raised a huge £22,000 from the crowd!


  • If you have an idea you’d like to have a chat about then drop us a note on! Or go ahead and start your project today.
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