Describe your project
Our vision is to create a new vegetable, herb and wildlife garden at our nursery, pre-school and children's centre to get us hands on with growing our own produce and understanding nature. This will involve the construction of a new polytunnel, raised beds, fruit trees, fencing, waterbutts, compost area and wormery, potting shed repairs/overhaul, interactive signage/weather station and insect/wildlife homes. We also wish to install planters to the perimeter of our grounds (a favourite route for local dog walkers) and into the shared external areas to our Village Hall encouraging a community in 'bloom' ethos.
How will your project benefit your local community?
The project will help to teach our children the importance and fun of growing our own fresh produce, the skills of nurture and patience, and providing habitats for important creatures. It is the intention to provide fresh produce from our garden to the kitchen to school dinner plates! Cookery sessions are held regularly for the children using the centre and wherever possible, the activity will now include picking produce, as well as preparing and cooking, extending the fun and education. Surplus produce will be regularly offered through an honesty box system to parents collecting children after school hours. Volunteers from the local community are being sought to help with maintaining the area into the future, providing opportunity to others in the community to get involved and benefit from the produce grown. We see the potential to extend the use of the garden and polytunnel beyond just the Centre, with workshops and gardening days to be held for other members of the community., as well as encouraging pupils to enter local show competitions.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
Volunteers of different age are already helping in the existing designated garden area to prepare the ground ready for the potential polytunnel install. Our local community paper 'The Corvedale News' will be including a regular advert requesting volunteers. 2 local businesses have confirmed attendance at a fundraising event for the project, with others soon to be approached, but the feedback is very positive so far.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
Approx 400 people will benefit. The Centre is open almost 365 days a year, in addition to core hours providing wrap-around care on school days and holiday clubs when school is closed. The Centre currently has 50 families registered for childcare, many of whom 'don't know what they would do without Colin's'. Our group occupies premises within the Corvedale Church of England Primary School grounds. We have a close relationship with the School, sharing facilities and resources. The intention is to share the new polytunnel and garden facility during school hours extending the reach of the project to further children and their families.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
If successful, the money will primarily be spent on the polytunnel and school grounds perimeter fence/ village hall car park planters and interactive signage. Approximately £1,100 additional funding / volunteer labour will be required for the installation/erection of the tunnel, fruit trees, raised beds, water conservation systems, plants, composts, repairs to fencing/existing shed. To raise the remaining funds, we are planning a ticketed fundraising event at the local affiliated Village Hall on 21st June 2019. We have confirmed a local vineyard to attend and conduct wine tasting for free. A local coffee roasters will also be attending to offer tastings and produce. We will be holding a raffle and approaching local businesses to donate 'prizes' or attend as stall holders. We also intend to hold a family BBQ day during the summer term/summer holidays for the purposes of volunteer/parent erecting of the polytunnel and with a local farmer delivering topsoil/,manure for the raised beds and planters.
When and why was your project founded?
The ideas was founded January 2019 when Colin Jones, manager of the centre for over 30 years spoke of his vision for the run-down garden and acted to gain support for the project in parents and committee. We hope our Children will be entering winning produce in the Corvedale Show!