The garden is now self funding for all our core work thanks to our community supporting our social enterprises. But we could not have built, developed our beautiful garden without funding and we still fund raise to run pilot projects, or to fund projects where we can’t meet our cost eg the work we do with local families with children with special educational need or a disability due to the high staffing costs.
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.
in 2016 Thanks again to the BCR local neighbourhood partnership for giving us £2000 to pilot our Inclusive family adventure days for families with a child/ren with special educational need or disability
In 2017 we’ve been happy to get £3000 from the Avon and Somerset Police to run our inclusive family adventure days, and £3000 and £1000 from Quartet and the John James Foundation to run our Sunday club also for families with a child/rem with a special educational need or a disability. The National Lottery Big Celebration for £1200 to make our Big Spring Fair more accessible.
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.