New Leaf Greenhouse

by newleaf in London, London

We did it
On 25th February 2014 we successfully raised £3,200 with 57 supporters in 28 days

We want to build a greenhouse that will be a community resource for south London. It will be an educational resource where people can gain qualifications in horticulture, construction and carpentry.

by newleaf in London, London

What we are going to do with £3,200:

We are going to build a community greenhouse, and in the process will be delivering free qualifications in construction to young people from deprived areas of south London. Once the greenhouse is built, it will be used to offer further qualifications in Horticulture, for free, to those who are not in education, training or employment, particularly young people. 

Who is asking for this money?

Three organisations are coming together to make this a reality:

New Leaf Educational Gardens connects urban communities with nature across south London, and are specialists in working with hard-to-reach youth, giving them skills and training to support their transition into the workplace. 

Time & Talents is a 125 year old charity, serving the communities of Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, where it hosts hundreds of people a week across all ages and abilities.

Construction Youth Trust train young people in building and construction skills, getting them the qualifications that appeal to employers in the trade, and they also specialise in working with vulnerable young people.

You can see more about all three of us on these websites:

www.new-leaf.org.uk

www.constructionyouth.org.uk

www.timeandtalents.org.uk

The Bigger Picture:

Together, we are aiming to create the Grow Local Network Southwark, a collection of small urban food and biodiversity-supporting gardens, created on what was once neglected and underused land. In the process we will be delivering formal educational outcomes to residents, making them more confident, employable and better connected to their environment.

This greenhouse will be a key educational resource in that project, where we can teach specialist skills and conduct experiments in a controlled setting. It will also allow us to extend the growing season by several months, giving us bigger, better, healthier produce that can feed local people, beautify their homes and workplaces, and be a source of revenue for social entrepreneurs who can start small businesses with us.

How we will spend this money:

Here's the rough breakdown of costs for this project:

  • £600: self assembly greenhouse measuring 12x6ft, with poloycarbonate glazing
  • £100: Guttering and two waterbutts to harvest rainwater
  • £25: Shading to keep the temperature down on very hot days
  • £100: Automatic irrigation system to cover the whole internal area
  • £65: Heating cables and thermostat to improve germination on one side of shelves
  • £60: Gloves, trowels, hand forks, labels, buckets
  • £100: Growing media: compost, vermiculite, perlite, horticultural sand
  • £50: Seeds to sow in spring!
  • That makes about £1,100 for the greenhouse itself and a good bunch of kit to get started with...
  • Then we've set aside £300 to cover the food and travel of our young participants; it's £5 per person per day over six days, for five young people.
  • £1,600: to pay for Construction Youth Trust materials and time. They are going to be providing wood to build internal shelves and containers which, along with the assembly of the flat pack structure, will be the learning activities for the qualifications the young people gain; this price also reflects the staff time involved on site, in preparation and afterwards, when the paperwork assessment has to be done.
  • And there's a further £200 to cover the transaction fees of Crowdfunder and GoCardless, and to cover some of the costs of rewards.

If we get more than we are asking for...

We will be able to pimp our greenhouse! The budget we have worked out is for the basics that we need to deliver effective horticultural training. If we get more than £3,200, we will be able to buy more specialist equipment, seeds, plants, growing media and so forth.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

An email of thanks with photos of the construction & completed greenhouse.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Your name on a commemoration board in the greenhouse, & on all relevant social media and publicity. An email of thanks with photos of the construction & completed greenhouse.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Your choice of flowers or edible plants in a pot (seasonal variation), grown in the greenhouse you made possible. To be picked up from us. Your name on a commemoration board in the greenhouse, & on all relevant social media and publicity. An email of thanks with photos of the construction & completed greenhouse.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

A carrier bag full of fresh organic produce, grown in the greenhouse you made possible, to be picked up from us. Your name on a commemoration board in the greenhouse, & on all relevant social media and publicity. An email of thanks with photos of the construction & completed greenhouse.

£45 or more

£45 Reward

Two wooden bird or bat boxes for your garden, built by young people, and painted with floral motifs as part of our fledgling artistic training program, to be picked up from locations across Lambeth or Southwark. Your name on a commemoration board in the greenhouse, & on all relevant social media and publicity. An email of thanks with photos of the construction & completed greenhouse.

£50 or more

3 of 2 claimed

£50 Reward

A large bouquet of cut flowers, delivered to any location within an hour of Vauxhall. Colour scheme of your choosing. Your name on a commemoration board in the greenhouse, & on all relevant social media and publicity. An email of thanks with photos of the construction & completed greenhouse.

£70 or more

£70 Reward

A large window-box trough in wood, fully planted with ornamental and/or edible plants, and painted with floral motifs. To be picked up from a range of locations in Lambeth & Southwark. It will be built, designed, planted & painted as part of our horticultural courses. Your name on a commemoration board in the greenhouse, & on all relevant social media and publicity. An email of thanks with photos of the construction & completed greenhouse.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

A place on a New Leaf Horticulture course, tailored to your wishes, at a range of sites in south London. After 80 hours of personalised teaching from us, you will have a Level 1 or 2 Award in Horticulture from the National Open College Network, and the skills to maintain a garden of your own. Your name on a commemoration board in the greenhouse, & on all relevant social media and publicity. An email of thanks with photos of the construction & completed greenhouse.

£400 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£400 Reward

A wooden bench built by the Construction Youth Trust students, according to your specification. Needs to be picked up from their workshop at Burgess Park. Your name on a commemoration board in the greenhouse, & on all relevant social media and publicity. An email of thanks with photos of the construction & completed greenhouse.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Your Garden Transformed by New Leaf! A site visit and consultation at any location within an hour of Clapham Junction. We will draw up designs and planting schemes according to your wishes, and two skilled labourers will work for a full day to make it a reality. Material costs are not included, but discounted prices will be available if you source plants from the greenhouse you are funding. Your name on a commemoration board in the greenhouse, & on all relevant social media and publicity. An email of thanks with photos of the construction & completed greenhouse.

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