Growing Communities at The Roundhouse

by ben-carpenter in Knowle, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th June 2017 we successfully raised £5,339 with 68 supporters in 28 days

Inspire adults & children of all abilities to grow and cook fresh produce, build self esteem and flourish! £4000 to raise to be matched!

by ben-carpenter in Knowle, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Hi amazing supporters of Growing Communities at the Roundhouse,

Finally I have worked out how to stretch our target! As you may or may not know, we have reached our £4,000 target, but was originally hoping to get the Green Capital match funding to make this total £8,000. We were just pipped to the post with the match funding as was in 11th place. However, still reaching the £8,000 total would mean that the project can continued to be staffed for 1 year, transforming younger and older lives and support us to make the project sustainable in the future by renting out the roundhouse to groups or business.

I trust you would have heard my cry to help a million times by now! Please share on FB, shout out to a neighbour or donate what you can. If people do nothing, nothing will happen... If people get involved, we can make real social change in the lives of many across South Bristol. Keep an eye out as we will be door knocking around Knowle tonight with our Urban Escape junior group, please say hello!

Many thanks and take care



£4,000 has been reached, lets stretch our total to ensure we can get as close as possible to the £8,000 we originally hoped to achieve with match funding... £4,000 = 6 months of the project delivery, £8,000 = 1 year... Please pledge, share and enable this project to benefit the whole community for as long as physically possible!

Many hands make light work... A problem shared is a problem halved... It takes two to tango and three to fox trot!!!
This Crowdfunder will directly pay for 2 staff to make this youth & adult community project buzzzzzzzzz...

About us 

3 years ago our youth  charity, Youth Moves, started a junior and senior youth group called Urban Escape in Knowle West, Bristol. These groups were instigated by young people who had either taken part in our education Forest School / Survival Skills programmes or were hanging around on the estate bored and wanting something positive outdoors to channel their energies!!!

Keiran wood working Max planting

About the project

Urban Escape promotes a wide variety of hands on and creative sessions that reconnect young people with nature and their community. To get real a flavour of what we do, please click on here to check out our facebook page. Together we built a roundhouse, polly-tunnel, orchard and growing spaces, amphitheatre and most recently an outdoor cooking space with our adult gardening group.

To find us at The Roundhouse at Springfields Allotments, please click on this link and the site entrance is the double green gates between 50-52 Andover Rd, Knowle Bristol. Part of the project is for young people to grow produce, learn and cook recipes and then invite and teach adult community groups, whilst building community spirit in the process. They have cooked for a dementia group, young mums, isolated males, adults with learning difficulties, brownies, ex teachers and the list goes on...
Here is clip of when our juniors cooked and sang with an elderley dementia group.

The real magic happens when they sit down around the table to eat and have a chat. The common theme to these discussions have been young people saying they couldn't maintain the acre growing space in 2 weekly, 2 hour sessions and it stopped them doing more fun stuff (their words)! Local adults loved the space and how it was supporting and inspiring young people and said there was a need to provide a similar project for adults in the area that could be unemployed, signed off work, suffering from mental health, retired etc. and wanted to get involved with the project. The adult gardening group was born!!!

Our future aspirations, why we need your support.

We have now piloted the adult gardening group for 6 months and organically created a wonderful group consisting of adults from all walks of life and with many different needs. We share a common belief that the group supports them, teaches them new skills and positively impacts on their own quality of life.  

This experience has shown that the adult group is the glue that holds the whole Urban Escape project together.
The space now inspires new young people to the space, as it is being lovingly tended too and developed by the adult group. 
For example, a daily watering rota with our adults means we can really grow produce and enable school and youth groups to also reep the fruits of their collective labour.

The roundhouse space has literally been transformed since the adult group started and we hope to make it sustainable in the future by hiring out the roundhouse to other youth, community or business groups.

adults making mud oven

How the money will be spent

However, all this takes time and we are currently only funded until July.  Being successful with this crowdfunder will give us a year to staff the adult group, make the group sustainable and ensure that young people and adults from across South Bristol get to benefit from reconnecting with nature and growing community spirit for years to come.  

The most important resource in this project is people, with your pledge we can make the Adult Gardening Group thrive...


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

You will be invited to our Celebration party in the Autumn consisting of food, games and music for all the family!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Come and have a cup of tea at our Adult Gardening Group on a Tuesday between 11-3pm and get a tour round the acre growing space, enjoy the peace and nature and meet the crew! You may know someone who wants to join?

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Utilise the Roundhouse and its beautiful surroundings for a 1 hour event, workshop or party. *This event will have to be weaved between the youth, school and adult sessions we deliver and unfortunately cannot involve lots of alcohol!

£35 or more

£35 Reward

Utilise the Roundhouse and its beautiful surroundings for a 2 hour event, workshop or party. *This will have to be at times weaved between the youth, school and adult groups we deliver and unfortunately not involve lots of alcohol!

£50 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward

Bring a group of no more than 10 people to be taught how to cook fresh produce either grown or foraged on an evening by our Urban Escape youth groups.

£75 or more

0 of 15 claimed

£75 Reward

Bring a group of no more than 10 people to volunteer at our growing space with our Adult Gardening Group on a Tuesday from 11-3pm and be taught how to cook fresh produce either grown or foraged for lunch.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Use the Roundhouse and surrounding growing space for a day event, workshop, meeting or party. *The day will have to be when we are not delivering school, youth or adult group sessions and unfortunately not involve lots of alcohol!

£200 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£200 Reward

We can deliver a fun day of corporate volunteering (max of 10 people) at the roundhouse for you and your work colleagues. You will enjoy being in the great outdoors, getting your hands dirty for a good cause, soak up the nature in our peaceful city oasis and having fun!!!

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Have your company logo or personal photo framed with a few words of your choice, hung pride of place on the inside wall of the roundhouse, so local people can see who has helped fund social change for people that need it most.

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