Support Roots - an award winning community garden

by Katherine Wylie in Luton, England, United Kingdom

Support Roots - an award winning community garden


raised of £5,000 target


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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 10th September 2020 at 4:47pm

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

by Katherine Wylie in Luton, England, United Kingdom

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

Root’s regular attendees include people with learning disabilities, people with physical disabilities, people who are elderly and isolated, people with mental ill health and ex-offenders. These groups comprise some of the most vulnerable in our society. For many, coming to the garden is their only time to socialise outside of their accommodation, partake in activities independently, and meet new people.

Recent times have posed a huge challenge to Roots, but not a defeat. Whilst members were unable to attend the garden, volunteers and staff worked together to bring the garden to them. During Mental Health Week, lettuces with the message ‘Lettuce be kind’ were delivered, and during Loneliness Week, a tomato plant with the message, ‘Let’s have a Ketchup’ was taken to those who were experiencing isolation. When social distancing measures were put in place, the team held socially distanced events including a cupcake day to raise awareness of Dementia, and an award ceremony celebrating Volunteers’ week.

Unfortunately due to the Covid crisis Roots has lost a lot of its funding. The garden costs around £100k a year to run and we now desperately need to find new income sources. We are applying for grant funding, trying to gain the support of local businesses, and are also turning to you to try and bring in as much as possible to ensure that we can continue to run for the rest of 2020 and beyond. 

Please support us by giving generously, and take advantage of the rewards we are offering in return.

Roots refuses to be stopped by Covid-19. We will continue to fight to support the most vulnerable in Luton!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£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

0 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

0 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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