Children's 'Grow & Learn' Garden

by Julie Mould-Cook in Stoney Stanton, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 16th July 2020 we successfully raised £2,651 ( + est. £254.25 Gift Aid ) with 240 supporters in 42 days

Stoney Stanton Community Library wish to transform a void, area at the rear of the library into a 'Grow & Learn' garden for children.

by Julie Mould-Cook in Stoney Stanton, England, United Kingdom

10th place in the Calor Rural Community Fund - £5,000 Category

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Our Aim:
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.
1591006802_bees-flowers-header.jpgSo.....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!!)1591006662_89c01597197a2c99b21f76daca25105e.jpg
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 ( x 3 @ £29.99 each

5/ Bird box & wifi camera x 1 @ £159 (

6/ Bird table x 1 @ £105 (

7/ Greenhouse 6' x 4' x 1 @ £304 (

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.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

20 of 250 claimed

Extra Support Deadline: Claim a Free DVD

Time is running out, we need extra support please, voting & donating closes 5pm this Thursday, 16th July, we have dropped from 9th place to 13th so.............Donate just £1 and claim your free DVD from the library, 100's of titles to chose from.

£250 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Bench Plaque

Donate £250 and have your name or the name of a loved one engraved on a plaque which will then be mounted on a bench, we will have two benches available, somewhere for our gardeners to sit or for visitors to take a moment and enjoy the garden.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Open the Garden!

Would you like to officially 'open' the garden when it is complete? You could have 'centre stage' and cut the ribbon!

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Help Name The Garden!

Pledge £1000 and help name the garden, perhaps after a loved one? How lovely would that be to see a plaque commemorating a loved one in the peace and tranquillity of flowers and wildlife.

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