Support Roots - an award winning community garden

by Social Interest Group in Luton, England, United Kingdom

Support Roots - an award winning community garden
We did it
On 10th September 2020 we successfully raised £1,321 ( + est. £129.00 Gift Aid ) with 21 supporters in 42 days

Penrose Roots is an award-winning community garden helping reduce social isolation and increase physical and emotional well-being

by Social Interest Group in Luton, England, United Kingdom

Penrose Roots is an award-winning community garden in Luton. For the people who attend, it helps reduce social isolation, increase physical and emotional well-being, and develop skills that can help find employment. 

Root’s regular attendees include people with learning and physical disabilities and mental ill-health, elderly and isolated people and prison leavers. 

These groups comprise of some of the most vulnerable people in Luton. For many, coming to the garden is their only time to socialise outside their accommodation, partake in activities independently, and meet new people. 

The garden costs over £100,000 a year to run and relies on grants and donations from local businesses and people in our local community – like you. 

We are raising money to secure the future of Roots and ensure our support for those who need it the most. 

We believe that you can help us do this, so we have set a £5,000 target for our local community to raise and support Roots and its members. 

The Covid-19 pandemic posed a massive challenge, but not a defeat. When Roots members could not attend the garden, volunteers and staff worked together to bring it to them. 

During Mental Health Week, lettuces with the message ‘Lettuce be kind’ were delivered. During Loneliness Week, we gave a tomato plant with the message, ‘Let’s have a Ketchup’ to members experiencing isolation. Observing social distancing measures, the team held socially distanced events, including a cupcake day to raise awareness of Dementia and an award ceremony celebrating Volunteers’ week. 

No matter the situation – Roots is always there for its members. 

Please support us by giving generously and spreading the word.


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

£30 or more

Grow some roots

We will send you a thank you note with a pack of seeds to start your own roots inside or out. You will also have your name added to the tree of life and will be able to watch it grow as you watch your baby plants grow.

£5 or more

2 of 250 claimed

Leaf us your name

Everyone who makes a donation of £5 or more will have their name added to our tree of life. Please make sure you leave your name, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and look out for weekly updates to show how the tree is growing!

£20 or more

Thank you very much!

We will send you a personal thank you note from the team at Roots, as well as adding your name to the Tree of Life.

£50 or more

1 of 20 claimed

A plant like you!

We will name one of our plants after you, or you can nominate someone or just give it a silly name, and we will send you a photograph of it and some information on the plant itself. We will also add your name to our tree of life so everyone knows how lovely you are.

£100 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Tea in the garden

If you live locally and can afford to make such a generous donation, then we would love you to come for a socially distanced tour of the garden, and a cup of tea and slice of cake. You will get to meet Sam, our inspirational leader, and find out all about the service and how we have helped people in the area, as well as have any of your gardening questions answered. This can be redeemed up until next summer if you would rather wait.

£250 or more

1 of 10 claimed

A wheely great reward

Sometimes our wonderful staff come up with ingenious ways of using broken equipment to solve problems. Behold; the wheelbarrow chair! If you are able to dig deep and donate £250, then we will have a plaque with your name, or a dedication, added to one of these unique chairs, honouring you and your contribution for everyone to see. You are also welcome to visit us and have a cup of tea in your garden throne!

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