'Believe in Tomorrow' getting children gardening

by Seonaid Royall in London, England, United Kingdom

£15,121

raised so far

224

supporters

Working with local communities, schools and the RHS to create gardens that help reconnect children with nature, living on for years to come.

by Seonaid Royall in London, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 26th April 2019 we'd raised £15,032 with 219 supporters in 49 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Inspiring children to grow 

According to recent research*, only 8% of British children (aged between 4 to 8 years) have ever picked an apple. The same research also found that 59% of children have never climbed a tree and 51% were unable to identify a bumblebee. 

‘Believe in Tomorrow’ started life as a community campaign to help change this worrying trend. 

Our mission was quite simply, to get more school children reconnected with nature.


Throughout the spring and summer of 2019, children from five inner city primary schools attended gardening workshops and together we created an award-winning show garden for the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival. It was the first ever fully-crowdfunded RHS show garden, and it showed that when communities come together (and children have the chance to get their hands dirty) great things are possible. 

The campaign didn't end there however. Since the show we've been relocating the garden to all the schools that helped create it, giving the children and their communities permanent access to their own green spaces and all the health and mental wellbeing benefits that go with it. 

And there's so much more to come...

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow

Using the show garden as a pilot we have proved that it is possible with community support and professional guidance to alter the way schools incorporate natural spaces into their learning. Children aren't losing touch with nature because they don't appreciate it. They simply don't have enough access to it, and the people surrounding them don't have the gardening knowledge or confidence required to unlock it. 

We are now trying to fund an ongoing future for this project in which together we can give more children access to their own natural spaces that they've helped create and a lasting legacy for their community by providing support, training and tools for their parents and teachers.

Where your money will go

The initial Crowdfunder campaign created £15,000, but now we want to spread our message even further by helping more schools and communities get reconnected with nature.

Every extra penny can be spent on either materials or training that the schools require, but each school is different. Your support and the funds we raise will help us go to more schools, talk to them about what they need, and then put a plan in place to help make it happen. 

£50 for a compost

This would enable a school to set up a compost for all their veg and waste paper from their classrooms, the dinner hall and the school office.

£80 for a bulk bag of soil to start any raised bed going

This would buy and deliver a tonne bulk bag of compost to a school. They could use it with tires, pallets or tins to create all manner of gardening beds to start them off planting seeds.

£150 for a children's gardening workshops for a whole class

This will be for a class of children to either have a session in their school or go to a local community space to learn more about nature and plants. (A special shout out to the Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses who will be helping run them.)

£200 for a years supply of plug plants

This delivers a whole years supply of plug plants to a school so that they can start growing and harvesting their own vegetables.

£450 per outdoor teacher training session

This will pay for a training session for a group of teachers showing them how they can use their own outdoor spaces to teach parts of the curriculum outdoors.

£1,000 to create a resource pack to share with each school on how to run a season in outdoor education.

Your money will also help produce an educational resource pack to hand out to parents and schools, giving them helpful tips and inspiration for simple outdoor activities they can do with their children.

£1,500 to run a gardening club for a whole year

To buy enough tools and materials to run a gardening club for a whole year.

£2,000 to build a new pond in a school

Slightly dependent on the location and brief but for just £2000 we could build a pond in a school opening up a whole new area of learning opportunities, especially needed for inner city children who have no access to open water near them to explore not only insects but simple engineering problem solving like how things float.

Sponsorship 

There's still the opportunity to become one of the project's main sponsors. If you want to talk more about this, or would like more details on the commercial reach and benefits of being involved please contact Seonaid Royall directly at [email protected]


About the team

I'm Seonaid - I live in Brixton and run a garden design company called Sprout Up. I love helping urban families, primary schools and nurseries get the most out of their outdoor spaces. I also run a regular gardening club for Brixton school children, so I've seen firsthand just how much they can benefit from spending more time in nature.

I'm being supported by a growing list of community gardens, schools and local businesses. The project's main objectives are to bring inner city children closer to nature and to demonstrate that educating them about the great outdoors is a responsibility we all share.

The list of supporters is still growing, but currently this is all possible with huge thanks to The RHS, Solo Woodworking, Wayward plants,  Provender Nurseries and CED stone.

*The 'Get out and Grow' campaign, commissioned by Sudocrem

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£5 or more

£5 to Fund a Child's Place at a Workshop

Just £5 will pay for a child to attend one of the gardening workshops leading up to the show.

£10 or more

£10 to Put Your Name on our Supporters Board

In addition to our thanks, your name will be proudly displayed on our supporters board at the show.

£20 or more

£20 Bridge Reward

Educational pack with instructions on how to build a self-supporting Da Vinci bridge, great for STEM classes and mind blowing for anyone who does it!

£25 or more

£25 Handmade Boat Reward

Handmade boat made by local primary school children and used at the show.

£25 or more

£25 Seeds Reward

Packet of wildflower seeds to try growing yourself as well as a copy of the resources pamphlet

£75 or more

£75 Show Ticket Reward

Show ticket with VIP access to the garden and the chance to meet Seonaid the garden designer. You can bring 2 children under the age of 16 for free.

£300 or more

£300 Company Branded Boat Reward

Get your company's logo printed on a handmade boat which will set sail on the garden pond during the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. (We'll send you a photo if you can't attend the show yourself.)

£600 or more

£600 Garden Maintenance Day Reward (IN LONDON)

If your garden has gotten a little out of hand, we'll help you put it right, with a day's maintenance from the Sprout Up team. Whether it's pruning, mulching, or some autumn bulb planting we'll help you get the most out of your garden. (You must live in London.)

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Garden Design Consultation (IN LONDON)

We'll come to your garden, complete a full survey, talk to you about what you'd like to achieve and deliver a professional, tailor-made garden design proposal. (You must live in London.)

£5,000 or more

£5,000 Garden Sponsor Reward

As one of three sponsors your company will be promoted on all offline and online materials related to the garden as well as in all RHS Hampton Court Flower Show guides, both offline and online. Publicity may also include broadcast media, social media and PR materials.

£20 or more

£20 Abel & Cole voucher reward

The guys at Abel & Cole and have kindly donated some gift vouchers to spend on their fantastic organic food deliveries. They have a great choice of gifts as well as veg and fruit box packages. Please check you live within their delivery area before pledging. Simply visit www.abelandcole.co.uk/help/faq and check the “Do you deliver to my house?” section.

£100 or more

£100 Join the Actual RHS Garden Team Reward

A day helping to plant the garden at the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival. Date to be confirmed between 25th - 29th June. You will receive your own planting list and a copy of the planting plan.

£150 or more

£150 Exclusive Press Day Ticket Reward

Rub shoulders with the greenest of green fingered experts at the RHS Hampton Court exclusive press day

£300 or more

£300 Frog Bike Reward

Frog bikes have been so supportive of this project that they've donated one of their wonderful lightweight kids bikes to help you get out in nature on two wheels with your children. Choose from either the Balance, First Pedal or Hybrid range, worth up to £400. (To be collected from a Frog stockist so we can ensure it has been correctly assembled.)

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