Growing to grow!

by Community Roots Cornwall in Truro, Cornwall, United Kingdom

We did it
On 1st October 2021 we successfully raised £10,000 with 108 supporters in 31 days

We are fundraising to erect a polytunnel and windbreak fence to help us grow delicious food all year round on our windy Cornish site!

by Community Roots Cornwall in Truro, Cornwall, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

If we managed to raise more money, we would be able to invest in  the neccessary tools and equipment that we will need to be a super productive market garden.

Who are Community Roots?

Community Roots is a Community Interest Company, meaning that community, both local and global, is at the heart of everything we do. We set up Community Roots in the dark winter days of 2021, sitting drinking steaming cups of tea and dreaming of growing delicious fruit and vegetables with our local community. This project was born from a shared certainty about a few things which we humans need to survive and thrive, namely healthy food, strong friendships and a flourishing natural world. And so we want to try and do things a bit differently, growing food in ways which benefit everyone; the people eating it, the people growing it, the plants and animals we share the land with and the whole planet (we like to aim high!).

We were lucky to be able to get started quickly with the offer of an acre of land from the amazing Mount Pleasant Eco Park in Porthtowan, and some generous donations of money and time (including from our oldest volunteer to date, Elaine Field, aged 92 at the time!). We've already made a great start, but to get ourselves properly ready for the next growing season we want to get all our infrastructure in place, so that come next spring we can be harvesting mounds of delicious fresh vegetables.


What are we fundraising for?

Here at Community Roots, we want to be able to grow beautiful, delicious and nutritious vegetables for our local community all year long. In order to grow right through the winter, and to be able to grow heat-loving crops like tomatoes, peppers and aubergines in our Cornish climate, we need to have polytunnels. So we’re fundraising to buy and erect a second polytunnel to double our indoor growing space (tomato forest here we come!). Growing like this is a climate-positive action, because it reduces the need for people to buy intensively grown vegetables that have to be shipped across continents. We want our polytunnels to last for years and years, and for the vegetables inside them to be given a nice peaceful life to allow them to fulfil their vegetable potential! So we are also fundraising to build a big old windbreak fence to keep everything proteced from our Cornish gales. 

Make your money go further

We have been lucky enough to have been selected to receive match funding as part of Cornwall Council’s Climate Challenge, so if we raise £1,000, they will match it, meaning we get twice as much as you donate! But there’s more too…we’re also in competition with other great projects for a further £1,500 of match funding on top of that, so if we can reach our fundraising goal quickly, we may be lucky enough to get a total of £2,500 to help us get growing. So please, donate what you can, and share our Crowdfunder with friends and family, the more we raise and the quicker we do it, the more likely we are to get the extra, much needed cash!

And finally…

We are all head over heels in love with this project, and we’d love you to join us! Please support us through this Crowdfunder, and then if you fancy it, come along, roll your sleeves up, and get involved (absolutely everyone welcome!). So far we're finding that the roots of friendships that we're growing in our community go at least as deep as the roots of the vegetables we're planting. (Plus we always have cake!).


Lots of love from Antonia, Fay, Manda, Matty and Nicky, and our growing band of amazing volunteers.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

Your name on our Thank You Windbreak Fence!

Some of the money raised will be paying for us to build a big old windbreak fence. To make it look beautiful, we'd love to paint on it all the names of the people who've helped us to pay for it!

£20 or more

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A first taste of our veg!

Next year we will be selling some of our porduce as veg boxes in our local community. To thank you for your donation we'd love to give you the chance to be one of the very first recipients of our Community Roots vegetables!

£25 or more

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February Feast

Come the dark days of February, we'll all need a little light and warmth to remind us that spring is coming. Join us for a Community Roots feast night, with homemade food, great company and some sort of entertainment (to be decided!).

£50 or more

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Handmade tile workshop

Nicky, our resident potter, is keen to make us some tiles for the spashback behind our sink in our amazing packing shed. For this reward, come along and help her make them, and learn how to make beautiful, unique pottery tiles.

£50 or more

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Two beautiful handmade mugs

One of our Directors, Nicky Stephenson, is a very talented potter. She is donating two of her beautiful handmade mugs to be given as a reward to one lucky (and generous) supporter!

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