We wish to transform an area at the rear of the library, with an 'all weather' safe surface and a 'Grow & Learn' garden to encourage children (and adults) to grow vegetables, flowers and shrubs to attract insects, bees, butterflies etc, we would like to encourage and educate children about the importance of nurturing nature from an early age.
We have a fabulous following of regular users from babies to the older generation and we have immense support also from the community.
So.....who's going to benefit??
Stoney Stanton has approximately 3500 residents, the library is ran and managed by volunteers, we hold weekly Toddlers' Tales sessions, weekly Code Club sessions, monthly Children's Craft Activity sessions, annual Reading Challengers and host visits for Cubs, Rainbows, Scouts and the local primary school as well as those adults & children using the library for book loan and IT use, the footfall is around approximately 2000 per year.
Hey!!! - With Your Help.....
By going ahead with this project, it will transform a barren, void area into a colourful, growing area that will attract wildlife also, birds, insects, butterflies, bees, it will teach the nurturing nature effect to children of all ages within the community, we would like to grow flowers, shrubs as well as vegetables. The vegetables could be donated to families or sold to generate funds for the library, which has charity status
The Costs (the nitty gritty!!)
Wood for raised beds, (£500) soil, compost, flowers, vegetables (including seeds) (£430) water butts x 2 (£70), as well as transforming the loose gravel area to a year round all weather surface(£4000), making it safer for children and volunteers
How The Additional Funding From The Community Will Be Spent:
If our project is successful and we are awarded £5000, this will be used for the project detailed above, with the money we have raised from the community, family and friends being spent on:
1/ Hyde Park Recycled Plastic bench (NBB Recycled Furniture) x 2 @ £384 each
2/ Fenton Quality Wooden Pub table/bench (Costcutters) x 2 @ £108 each
3/ Bigjigs Toys Children's gardening set (John Lewis) x 5 @ £14.99 each
4/ Kids wheelbarrow and garden tool set (KidsHiVis.co.uk) x 3 @ £29.99 each
5/ Bird box & wifi camera x 1 @ £159 (green-feathers.co.uk)
6/ Bird table x 1 @ £105 (gardengiftshop.co.uk)
7/ Greenhouse 6' x 4' x 1 @ £304 (greenhousestores.co.uk)
8/ Remaining balance (approx £190) to be used to purchase plants, seeds, compost the following year. The purchasing of plants, seeds, compost etc on a yearly basis will be met by other fundraising events/means.