Let's Grow Together: 10 Years of Paradise Co-Op

by [email protected] in London, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £11,154

 
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 10th July 2024 at 7:29pm

Help us celebrate 10 years by raising £10,000 to fund our community programmes, education workshops, and environmental efforts!

by [email protected] in London, England, United Kingdom

 donated match funding
Aviva Community Fund is providing live match funding

 New stretch target

Our primary goal is to raise £10,000, which will support the continuation of our volunteer programs and educational initiatives. This funding will allow us to:

  • Sustain our community garden, ensuring it remains a biodiverse space for learning and growth.
  • Provide resources and materials for our workshops, teaching urban residents how to grow their own food sustainably.
  • Support our Community Food Initiative, donating all produce grown to local social enterprises to aid in tackling social isolation and food insecurity.

Stretch Goal: £20,000

If we reach our stretch goal of £20,000, the additional funds will enable us to:

  • Expand Educational Programs: Develop and offer new workshops and classes focused on advanced sustainable growing techniques, climate resilience, and biodiversity conservation.
  • Enhance Facilities: Upgrade our garden infrastructure, including creating more accessible pathways and improving our tool and equipment storage, making our space even more welcoming and functional for all visitors.
  • Support More Community Projects: Increase our capacity to collaborate with more local schools and organizations, providing hands-on learning experiences and expanding our impact within the community.
  • Implement New Initiatives: Launch innovative projects such as a rainwater harvesting system and composting workshops to further our commitment to environmental sustainability and resource conservation.
  • Volunteer Support: Enhance our volunteer programs by providing better training, tools, and support to our dedicated volunteers who are the backbone of our community efforts.

Every contribution, big or small, helps us to not only sustain but also grow and enhance our community-driven sustainability efforts. Together, we can make an even greater impact. Thank you for your continued support!


We are thrilled to announce an exciting milestone in our journey toward sustainability and community empowerment: Paradise Cooperative's 10-Year Anniversary Crowdfunding Campaign!

Our Story

Founded in 2014, Paradise Cooperative has blossomed from a humble community garden into a beacon of urban sustainability and environmental stewardship in the heart of our city. Over the past decade, our community of volunteers and supporters have worked tirelessly to transform an abandoned piece of wasteland into a vibrant communal growing space.  We exist to enrich the lives of local residents, fostering connections with nature and cultivating a vibrant community centred around sustainable living. 

We welcome thousands of local residents to the garden each year through a range of programmes designed to deliver our vision of a healthy, sustainable and connected community. Our current programme highlights include:

  • Community Food Initiative - using sustainable methods, we grow food with and for our local community. All of our produce is donated to nearby social enterprises, such as Home Community Cafe and the Well Kneaded Foundation.
  • Mindful Growing - our volunteer sessions provide a range of opportunities for local residents to grow together. This includes volunteer sessions designed to combat social isolation and enhance wellbeing.
  • Wellbeing with Nature - we run a unique outdoor learning programme, including free nature-focused workshops for  young people in our community who have reduced opportunities to access nature.
  • Environmental Education - free opportunities to learn about environmental conservation and sustainable urban growing are built into our volunteer opportunities, education programmes and community events. 

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Our Vision

As we celebrate a decade of growth and impact, we are more committed than ever to building a greener, more resilient future for generations to come. Our vision for the next 10 years includes:

  • Expanding our Community Initiatives - increasing access to our garden, providing more opportunities for our community to join us for nature-focused volunteering and education opportunities and inspiring action for nature. 
  • Enhancing our Facilities - as we grow, we must ensure our garden meets the needs of our community while enhancing space for nature and reducing our impact. Small changes such as solar panels, accessible toilets, upgrades to community gathering spaces and targeted habitat creation will make a big difference. 
  • Reaching New Audiences - nature is not equally accessible to all. We believe it should be. We will develop our outreach work to ensure we reach those who would benefit most from opportunities to connect with nature.

How You Can Help

We invite you to join us on this exciting journey by supporting our 10-Year Anniversary Crowdfunding Campaign. Our goal is to raise £10,000 to kickstart our next 10 years. This vital funding will support our community programmes, educational workshops, environmental conservation efforts and accessibility improvements. Thanks to Aviva Match Funding, all first-time donations will be matched up to £250, doubling the impact of your generosity!

Get Involved

  • Donate - simply donate or grab one of our carefully curated rewards before they're gone.  We can't continue to do what we do without your support. By donating through our Crowdfunder, your impact will be doubled. 
  • Spread the Word - share our crowdfunding campaign on social media and encourage your friends, family and neighbours to donate.
  • Join an Upcoming Event - experience the magic of Paradise Cooperative firsthand. Learn more about our programmes, develop new skills, meet new people and share your ideas to help us shape the future of our community initiatives.

Key Events

Half-Term Children's Activities: May 31stDive into an action-packed half-term adventure at Paradise Cooperative! Explore our biodiverse garden and enjoy nature-focused activities for the whole family. Free event with donation opportunities.

Open Evening and Garden Tour: June 6th, Celebrate our community impact with an evening of guided garden tours, informative presentations, and engaging discussions. Learn about our achievements and future plans while connecting with fellow supporters.

Workshop Series Launch: June 9th, Kick off our summer workshop series with "Grow Your Own Workshop: Getting Started." Learn essential gardening skills and contribute to our crowdfunding efforts by purchasing a ticket. More workshops on wildflowers, propagation, and more coming soon! CLICK HERE FOR BOOKINGS

Paradise Festival: July 7thCelebrate Paradise Cooperative's 10th Anniversary and the conclusion of our 6-week crowdfunding campaign! Enjoy delicious food, live music, and engaging activities for all ages. A special event to connect with fellow supporters and celebrate a decade of community growth.

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Together, We Can Make a Difference

Thank you for being an essential part of the Paradise Cooperative community. Your support and dedication inspire us every day as we work toward a greener, more sustainable future for all. 

Remember, with Aviva Match Funding, your donation can go twice as far!

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Rewards

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

£25 or more

Workshop Experience

Join one of our workshops and learn more about sustainable urban gardening, biodiversity and more - browse available workshops here https://tr.ee/Cmskbd_4af For booking please follow these steps: 1. Pay for your workshop voucher via this page. 2. Complete this form to book your place on a specific workshop https://forms.office.com/e/vG7DsyGx42 3. Any questions email [email protected]

£10 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Paradise Edible Flowers: Seed Packets

Bring a bit of Paradise to your garden! Each packet contains edible flower seeds harvested from our community garden, complete with growing instructions and plant guide. Available from August/September.

£10 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Bee Bombs for Pollinator Paradise

Create a haven for bees with our Bee Bombs. These seed bombs contain a mix of wildflower seeds that are perfect for attracting and supporting pollinators in your garden.

£15 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Blissful Bath Salts from Paradise Garden

Relax and unwind with our handmade bath salts, infused with herbs harvested from our garden. Perfect for a soothing soak and a touch of nature’s tranquillity in your bath.

£20 or more

1 of 25 claimed

Nature Connection Craft Kit

Engage with nature through creativity! Each kit includes materials and instructions to create a nature inspired craft (choose from DIY seed bomb kit, summer seed sowing or natural treasure bottles) making it a perfect gift for budding crafters and nature lovers.

£25 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Trio of Container Herbs & Vegetables

Enjoy fresh herbs and vegetables right at your doorstep. This set of three container plants, ready for collection and planting from autumn, through to Spring 2025. They are perfect for urban gardeners! Cultivated by our community, and grown in peat-free soil using re-purposed pots.

£25 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Trio of Pollinator Plants

Enhance your garden’s biodiversity with three plants specifically chosen to attract and support pollinators. Available for collection and planting in autumn. Cultivated by our community, and grown in peat-free soil using re-purposed pots.

£30 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Paradise Cooperative Vegetable Box

Enjoy a box of fresh, organic vegetables and herbs straight from our garden. Each box is packed with a variety of seasonal produce grown using sustainable methods. Collect August and September.

£40 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Herbal Gift Box

Delight in a selection of herbal products made from garden-grown herbs. Each box includes teas, cooking herbs, infused bath salts and more, offering a touch of natural wellness. All herbs grown by our community of volunteers.

£100 or more

2 of 3 claimed

Garden Consultation with Vicki Cooke

Get expert advice for your garden or allotment from Vicki, our Head of Biodiversity and Food Growing. Available within a 1.5-mile radius of Paradise Cooperative. Vicki has a wealth of practical knowledge from two decades as an organic gardener - from managing the walled kitchen garden at Hampton Court Palace, to vegetable seed production at Garden Organic.

£250 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Kids Party at the Garden (Up to 15 Children)

Host an unforgettable birthday party in our beautiful garden for children age 4-11. Includes activities tailored to the age and interests of the group (e.g. fire building, den making, treasure hunts, nature inspired arts and crafts) and campfire snacks for up to 15 children. Please check availability first. Additional children (up to a maximum of 30) can be accommodated on request at an additional cost per child.

£250 or more

Feature on Our Community Mural

We would be delighted to add your name or company logo to our celebratory 10-year community mural! This will be created throughout the autumn and placed at the entrance of our garden, greeting the thousands of Wandsworth residents who visit us each and every year.

£450 or more

3 of 5 claimed

Corporate Volunteer Experience (Up to 10 People)

Boost team morale and give back to the community with a corporate volunteer day at Paradise Cooperative. Suitable for up to 10 participants.

£75 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Bee Experience for Two plus Bee Bombs

Spend an enjoyable hour with the beekeeper at Paradise to learn more about bees and our approach to sustainable beekeeping. Have your questions answered and help with some beekeeping tasks in and around the hive. The hive will be opened so you can meet the colony and if you're lucky, you might even spot the Queen Bee. You’ll be kitted out with a beekeeping suit and gloves for the session.

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