Celebrate National Lottery 25 Grant

The Committee of Craven Arms Community Garden have been awarded a grant of £950 from Celebrate National Lottery 25.

The logo of the National Lottery Community Fund and Celebrate 25

At short notice, we developed and submitted a grant application to secure funds towards the refurbishment of the existing frame in order to bring the polytunnel back into use.

#CelebrateNationalLottery25 Grants

The first National Lottery draw took place on the 19th November 1994, and so the National Lottery celebrates it’s 25th birthday in 2019. So far the National Lottery has helped more than 565,000 good causes.

To celebrate it’s 25th anniversary the #CelebrateNationalLottery25 grants scheme is offering grants totalling £2 million. The individual grants up to a maximum value of £1,000 are being offered to organisations with ideas that help bring the community together.

Grant for £950

Our successful grant application was for £950 and this was itemised as follows:

  • New polytunnel cover – sundries – tape, fittings  £750
  • Treated wood partitions and shelving  £100
  • Food and refreshments £75
  • Administration £25

Our plan is to refurbish the polytunnel and bring it back into use, and to celebrate this with an “Open Day” on the 27th May 2020 with a buffet lunch for CACG members and friends. The event will allow us to invite members of other organisations that have provided grants to the Community Garden, including:

  • Euro Quality Foundation
  • Craven Arms Town Council
  • Connexus

When the polytunnel was first constructed in 2015 it was vandalised before it could be used. This grant provides the funds to refurbish the polytunnel for the benefit of members. It will allow the growing season to be extended to cover the period from February through to November.

CACG members will be able to use small plots within the polytunnel for an additional fee – and we will provide more information about this later in the year.

Call For Volunteers

Next year we will be calling for volunteers to help to carry out remedial work on the polytunnel frame and site in readiness for recovering the polytunnel.

Connexus Grant “CACG Regeneration”

The Committee of Craven Arms Community Garden have successfully applied to the Connexus Community Development Fund for a grant of £2385 towards our “CACG Regeneration” project.

Connexus Logo

The Connexus Community Development Fund helps fund communities working together on local projects which have a positive effect in their area.

“CACG Regeneration”

The grant was sought under the banner of a “CACG Regeneration” project that aims to restore the Community Garden to it’s former glory.

In recent years the Community Garden has started to show signs of it’s age – with the fences, paths, planters and raised beds all showing some disrepair.

As a Committee we have also had to deal with other challenges including vandalism and theft of produce and tools.

The overall aim of the “CACG Regeneration” project is to improve the Community Garden for both members and the wider community, and specific aims are:

  • to combat theft and vandalism through new fences and improved security
  • some remedial works – new planters and repairing raised beds
  • to support inclusivity
  • development of a new extension with additional plots
  • restoring the Community Garden to it’s former glory
  • ensuring the future of CACG for Craven Arms

CACG and Community Benefits

In addition to the benefits for CACG members, this “CACG Regeneration” will provide benefits to the wider community by:

  • encouraging wider community links and engagement
  • offering a more inclusive experience
  • helping to establish the link between growing food and eating food
  • promoting gardening as an antidote to stress
  • encouraging gardening as healthy exercise and good for personal wellbeing

The Community Garden is already a communal, cross-generational meeting space and through our CACG Regeneration project we hope to make the Community Garden more attractive to more new members from the local community.

Thanks to Connexus

We are very grateful to the Connexus Community Development Fund for this grant which will allow us to protect, enhance and develop the Community Garden for for the benefit of Craven Arms.

Call For Volunteers

There are many small projects within the overall CACG Regeneration and we are always looking for additional help and support from members with these projects. If you are able to help please get in touch with a Committee member.

Connexus Copyright

The logo image used at the start of this blog post belongs to Connexus whose copyright is acknowledged.

Town Council Grant

The Committee have applied for and received a grant from Craven Arms Town Council for £800 as a contribution to the “CACG Regeneration” project.

“CACG Regeneration”

This grant was sought under the banner of a “CACG Regeneration” program which aims to restore the Community Garden to it’s former glory.

In recent years the Community Garden has suffered from poor security resulting in the theft of tools and produce and recurring vandalism. The first projects within the “CACG Regeneration” funded by this grant will deliver a more secure site.

This funding will also allow us to build new planters within later projects.

Thanks to Craven Arms Town Council

We are very grateful to the Craven Arms Town Council for this grant which will enable us to improve the security, the inclusivity and appearance of the Community Garden.

Progress Reports

As we complete projects within the overall program of the “CACG Regeneration” we’ll provide more posts to keep you up to date.

Call For Project Volunteers

This grant will fund the materials for several small projects and we aim to match the grant funding with at least equal value in unpaid volunteer labour from our members. If you are able to help with these projects please contact a member of the Committee.