Protect the Gardens of Arnold Circus

by Friends of Arnold Circus in London, England, United Kingdom

Protect the Gardens of Arnold Circus
We did it
On 13th August 2020 we successfully raised £12,738 ( + est. £2261.50 Gift Aid ) with 346 supporters in 28 days

Please join me and make a difference? Every donation will help. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much

by Friends of Arnold Circus in London, England, United Kingdom


We’re thrilled to announce the Arnold Circus raffle, raising funds to protect these historical gardens. Some very generous prizes have been donated by many supportive local businesses, including:

Aesop - 2 x skincare kits

Ally Capellino - An Arnold bag

Anatome - gift box

A New Tribe - Ortigia Fico D'India Room Diffuser

Bear Brooksbank - a gold-plated Bear necklace

Cowling & Wilcox

Dom's Subs

Grace & Thorn - £75 voucher

Hewston's 2 x £75 vouchers

Hillier Bartley - a Tasselled Collar Box bag

Jasper Morrison Shop - 2 x wall clock

Keat's Organics - vegetable box

Leila’s Shop

Linda - a vintage terracotta pot planted with ferns

Margaret Howell - MHL cycling backpack

Martino Gamper - 5 x Arnold Circus stools

Mason & Painter - the book 'Flower Market' by Michelle Mason


Oliver Spencer - £100 voucher

Studio Nicholson - a cashmere sweater, a 'loco' blouson

The Brokedown Palace - Patagonia 100% recycled T-shirt

The Laughing Heart - £75 voucher

It’s easy to take part. Each raffle ticket costs £10. Simply donate the amount for the number of raffle tickets you want to our Crowdfunder, and then email the receipt to

If you have already donated to our Crowdfunder, and would like your donation to be considered for the raffle, please do also email your receipt.

Tickets are available until the appeal ends on 13 August. We will be spotlighting the prizes on Instagram Stories over the coming days, and we will livestream picking the winners the following week. 

Our Story

The Friends of Arnold Circus urgently need to raise £15,000 to protect this much-loved public green space at the heart of the Boundary Estate in Shoreditch. Neglected for decades, it is now sustained and championed by the Friends of Arnold Circus, a charity which entirely funds the gardening and planting of the Boundary Gardens, centred on the famous bandstand.

The Friends are launching an emergency appeal to help protect and preserve this historic urban oasis. Our fund-raising has been hampered by COVID-19: we need to urgently raise £15,000, to ensure our work maintaining the Boundary Gardens can continue. This is our first ever public appeal, and we would be so grateful if you could donate. 

Who we are

Since 2004, the Friends of Arnold Circus have been central to the area’s regeneration. For the Friends, it’s about constant care, with volunteers gardening weekly, tending to the gardens and planting for the future. Our planting is year-round, from hollyhocks in the summer to hellebores in the winter. The Circus gives us 360 degrees of gardens, every few paces offering a fresh view, like a world within a world. 

During the pandemic, Arnold Circus has shown its true worth to the local community. It has been an “outside room” for so many households, a place for relaxation and escape, a place for solace, a place for leisure. Without the work of the Friends, the gardens of Arnold Circus would be in jeopardy.  

The Friends of Arnold Circus is a charity that entirely relies on donations to keep doing our work, preserving this free space for the local community, and for everyone who enjoys and respects Shoreditch. We are a group of local people who love Arnold Circus, and who care passionately about its future.

Why we need your help

The pandemic has jeopardised our funding. We urgently need to raise £15,000 to cover the next year of our costs. 

Planting is one of our major costs. We currently spend around £300 a month on new plants, and this is a bare minimum. We’d love to do more, and we always have new plans. With planting, even the smallest donations count.

- A donation of £10 would pay for 10 English bluebell bulbs, to help create a new bluebell wood in the north-east quarter – we’d need around 200 bulbs to make an impact.

- Similarly, another £200 would help us enrich the new allium planting in the mint bed of the south-west lower quarter.

- £10 would pay for a new fern in our lush woodland areas; £10 could also buy elegant new grasses that give the Gardens so much structure.

The Friends also protect the biodiversity of Arnold Circus. £20 would buy a new birdbox or bat box. £15 pays for a hedgerow plant like Sarcococca, which attracts bees, birds, insects and bats as well as providing a food source in winter. We have ambitions too: it’s our dream to return a drinking  fountain to Arnold Circus, in the same spot where one originally stood. 

We urgently need tools: new sturdy brooms to sweep up the leaves from our 27 trees; secateurs for our volunteers to cut back growth; a new wheelbarrow to move everything around. £300 should get all we need. 

Your donation will also go towards paying for our Head and Assistant Gardener. In addition to planning the development of the gardens, once a week they lead our team of volunteers in planting and carefully nurturing the gardens. A donation of £45 would cover an hour of their invaluable time.

Please consider donating. If you use Arnold Circus as part of your day-to-day life, or just admire the gardens from afar, everything you give will help protect Arnold Circus and the Boundary Gardens, for the next year and for the future.   

If you’d like to shop our fundraising editions, such as a Rachel Whiteread print or a special edition of the Martino Gamper stool for Arnold Circus, please click here.

And follow us on Instagram @arnold_circus for regular gardening updates!  

Thank you from all the Friends of Arnold Circus 

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