The garden was built and maintained from Sept 2011 to March 2013 with an whopping great £88 000 grant from the Local Food Fund from the National Lottery. We put that money to good use putting in great quality infrastructure and making the site accessible. Green Capital also gave us £1000 to make our pond accessible to pond dippers of which there have literally been hundreds and hundreds over the years!
In winter 2013 we received funding from the John James Foundation and Quartet to help develop the garden and help us move towards becoming financially sustainable with our own income generating schemes. And we got lucky again when the Big Lottery Awards for All scheme gave us £8800 to build our beautiful strawbale building.
In 2014 we were also very grateful to a £1000 donation from the fabulous Gloucester Rd W1, £800 from the Bishopston Garden Society and 330 from Henleaze Waitrose. These donations have been incredibly useful and every penny carefully spent to develop the garden and help us create a safe, supportive space for volunteers and community groups week in week out all year round.
2015 – A massive thank you to the BCR Neighbourhood Partnership for giving us Green Capital money to build our new raised beds which are being used by long term volunteers without gardens and plot holders leaving their plots because of poor health or small children etc AND the BCR Neighbourhood Partnership Well Being Fund have given us money to explore the possibilities of providing day care services to adults with learning difficulties with our new Growing for Gold programme.
Thanks everyone! And if you’d like to contribute please consider becoming a Friend of Golden Hill and contributing £2 a month. Get in touch to find out more.