We need a New Marquee! (and Covid -19 recovery)

by Redcatch Community Garden in Bristol, England, United Kingdom


raised of £8,000 target


36% 8 hours left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 19th September 2020 at 6:56pm

We would love to replace our well loved marquee with a fantastic new all year structure with heating lighting and a floor (& Covid recovery)

by Redcatch Community Garden in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

3 years ago, Kate, Mike and Michi had a vision to turn an empty bowling green into an amazing Community Garden, we gave up our jobs, fundraised, dug, sowed, laughed and cried. Working with our passionate team of staff and volunteers we have achieved so much. We are often told what an asset RCG is to the community and we feel hugely supported by you. The past year has been tough but we have worked tremendously hard to survive and are now asking for your help to continue to "grow"!

RCG currently has a second hand marquee which we have been using for the past 3 years for events, workshops, seating area, and for shade and rain protection. 

We estimate over 10,000 people visited the Garden last year and we partnered with over 20 organisations including educational establishments, community groups and charities to provide fun, fulfilling and educational workshops and experiences for children and adults. 

These include: children’s messy play, children's craft and adult therapy art workshops, adult mindfulness, storytelling, gardening workshops, yoga, preschool sessions. The marquee was also hired for over 70 parties and events and provides seating area for our café. Many of these activities raise revenue for the project which we can reinvest in new ideas. 

Here is a link to the video of its glory (and not so glorious) days...(need to copy link into browser)


The marquee is in a very poor state and has been repaired many times at cost and time to the project. (see below)


We have fantastic support and demand for the use of the existing structure and even more so a new structure from existing and new partners. A new structure would allow us to increase the number, type of activities and most importantly that these could continue throughout the year. This is very important as it would give continuity to relationships, learning and revenue both for RCG and the companies we support. We secured planning permission and have consulted with many of our partners about the design and use of a new structure and we know from community research and evidence provided by local groups, churches, education establishments and community health there is a demand in our areas for the services we offer, particularly those around physical and mental health, even more so in Covid 19. 

With the money raised we plan to build a fantastic new marquee structure and have completed extensive research to identify a new structure to meet our community's needs and fit with our values and criteria including sustainability, durability, accessibility and value for money.

We have a funding bid in with a large funder to meet some of the cost, with their support we could be enjoying a new marquee soon!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

9 of 200 claimed

Personalise our Graffiti Mural

Gage Graphics will be painting a stunning floral, insect, vegetable, plant mural on the side of our large container next to the carpark. Choose a from our stencils and come and paint it on yourself as a "mark" of your support for your community garden!

£5 or more

3 x Beautiful Garden Greeting Cards

3 beautiful blank greeting cards with images from the Garden, chose any 3 you like.

£5 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Happymess Family Styrofoam Printing Workshop

Styrofoam printing is a great way to get creative with printing. Suitable for adults and children, you can draw onto the Styrofoam before inking it up with washable paint/ink. Take inspiration from the Garden or bring your own sketches or reference images with you. This is a 1 hour session at the Community Garden on 26th Sept at 1pm-3pm, (you will be notified of your start time) workshop include cake from Roots Café.

£8 or more

RCG Childrens t-shirt

Limited edition RCG t-shirt, green with "I love Redcatch Community Garden" fox

£12 or more

RCG Adults t-shirt

Limited edition RCG t-shirt, blue colour with "I love Redcatch Community Garden" fox We will contact you for size details

£15 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Mayan Calendar Astronomy Reading

30 minute Mayan Astrology Reading Be uplifted, inspired, and gain a greater understanding of the ancient Mayan astrology. Discover your Mayan sign, profile and characteristics and how they apply to your personality. Uncover more about yourself and open your eyes to new ideas. Reading dates to be agreed with practitioner

£20 or more

0 of 15 claimed

Bee Talk

Join our Bee Keeper at the Garden to learn about the amazing world of bees and what we can do to protect them. See our hives and ask lots of questions! This is an hour session on 26th Sept from 10.30am-11.30am

£10 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Tarrs Ice Cream Cake

If you love Tarrs ice-cream you will love their ice-cream cake!

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Musu Barber Men's Haircut

Treat yourself to a great cut from Musu Barbers, Wells Rd

£17 or more

10 of 10 claimed

10 coffees for the price of 8

One for all our regulars; Get 10 coffees worth £22 for only £17

£25 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Macramé Plant Hanger Workshop

Find peace and create something beautiful, learn how to make a Macramé Plant Hanger with Mindful Craft Bristol This is a 2 hour session at the Community Garden on 27th Sept at 2pm-4pm workshop include a hot drink and cake from Roots Café.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Extract Coffee Voucher

Enjoy Extract coffee at home, get a £50 voucher for £40

Let's make 'We need a New Marquee! (and Covid -19 recovery)' happen

Payment and personal details are protected