Newlina Eco-Gardens Community Wild Garden Project by Crowdfunder, UK crowdfunding Platform

 

Funded : £2,925 

Newlina  Eco-Gardens, at St Newlyn East is a Social Enterprise growing Food eco-logically in polytunnels and outdoors. We are creating a venue here to offer inspiring Eco-Education sessions about our green ways of growing and all sorts of other things too- like outdoor cooking and eco-arts.

We are planting up a Wild Garden full of useful and edible plants to inspire people to grow “green”,  using wilder species, sustainable to grow in our Cornish Climate. Here’s a sketch of the Wild Garden as we envision it…

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We have been growing food eco-logically here for 11 years and we already have the beginnings of a Wild Garden with little woods, hedgerows and hedgehogs and a thriving community of birds, bats, bees and beneficial bugs helping us.

Crowd-funding will help us create a place for our human community to come to workshops about green ways to grow food and, we hope, to grow themselves in a peaceful and inspiring place.

We reckon it really boosts our well-being to just sit by the fire, cook up some freshly foraged veg and enjoy the birdsong or even the harp music…

With £12,000 we can keep investing in our wild planting with more fruit and nut trees and nutritious natives, provide an Outdoor Kitchen, Compost Loo and a temporary shelter in the Wild Garden. If we can raise more then we will build a wooden cabin so it will be more weather proof. The facilities will benefit anyone who wants to come to our events, including our free monthly Wild Garden Group.

Who are we? We are Paul and Laura Salmon and we run Newlina Eco-gardens with an amazing team of Helpers, trainee Eco-Gardeners and our growing Wild Garden Group.  Paul is the head gardener here and he  has dedicated the past 11 years to growing sustainable local food and it’s inspiring to hear and see all he has learnt. He spent the previous 9 years training in Permaculture, conservation and apprenticed with an organic gardener  before he started growing here.

Paul and Mireille settling the courgettes in.

Laura harvesting nettles for fertilizer.

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Laura is qualified as a Playworker and Forest School Leader and is also a Story-teller.   Her “Wild Stories” Project is part of the Social Enterprise activities to raise funds and offer insights into human relationships with nature. She also runs Eco-Arts sessions alongside this, exploring stories through natural materials, percussion, puppet-making etc.

Here’s what people have said to support what we are doing;

  • Tom at Scarlet Hotel said, “It can only be good for Cornwall…. the sooner we are educating our children about where, ” food, “comes from… the better.”
  • Adey at Bedruthan Steps says it, ” is possibly the best produce I have ever used.”
  • Andy at Fifteen Cornwall “It’s consistent and… its Cornish which is important to our ethos.”
  • Children, after a visit to the Eco-Gardens said “I love this place and I love the teachers” and “I love to watch the plants grow.”
  • Nicky, who is Manager at Newlyn East Pre-school, after an Eco-Education Session said “It really covered a huge range of education using the natural environment…”
  • Pip from GlasneyGreenspace Regeneration Project said, ” Laura has such a wonderful way of creating a …gateway between the imagination and the natural environment.”
  • Bekah, a worker here said “I learn something new every week.”
  • Corinne from our local shop said, “looking at Newlina Eco-Gardens to supply our local veg for us is fantastic. It’s supporting a local business and… the environment.”
  • Lucy from Cornish Food Box Company said, “having a space at Newlina where people can learn about how food is produced…is…really important.”

Thank you for your support.

 

Rewards

Pledge £5

Thank you for supporting us to create a Wild Garden for sharing Green Ways to Grow! We really appreciate it!

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Pledge £10

Your name will go on our “Wall Of Thanks”!

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Pledge £20

Some perennial edible seeds with some interesting info on how to grow them and their history. Also your name will go on our Wall of Thanks board.

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Estimated delivery: August 2016
Pledge £25

6 Wild Garden Plants ready to plant out or pot on with some interesting info on how to grow them and their history! Also your name will go on our “Wall of Thanks”.

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Estimated delivery: August 2016
Pledge £25

“The Wood Of All Seasons” Story CD suitable for Children and Adults. Also your name will go on our “Wall of Thanks”.

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Estimated delivery: August 2016
Pledge £50

A 2 hour Tour of our Eco-Gardens with a bit of Eco-Gardening , Tea and snack. Also your name will go on our “Wall of Thanks”.

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Pledge £50

Sponsor an edible or useful Tree. We will send you a photo this year and update in 5 years OR if you can, please do arrange a visit and have a Tea and a Tour with us to see where your tree is and how our Wild Garden is progressing.

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Estimated delivery: September 2016
Pledge £60

2 hour “Wild Stories”, Fireside Story Session for 1 child and One Adult with warming refreshments. Also your names will go on our “Wall of Thanks”.

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Pledge £60

Come and pick up a Medium Veg Box packed by Cornish Food Box Company and have a tour of our site. Also Your names will go on our “Wall of Thanks”.

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Pledge £70

3 hour Nature Craft Session at our Eco-gardens during the Autumn half term for an Adult and Child including Fireside snack, Eco-games and Stories. Also your names will go on our “Wall of Thanks”.

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Pledge £70

Child and one Adult on Fun Eco-Gardening 3 hour session with games, snacks and hands on gardening skills. Also Your names will go on our “Wall of Thanks”.

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Pledge £150

Wild Garden Forage and Feast for two, cooked by a chef from The Wild Cafe at Mawgan Porth, reknowned for their sumptuous food. Arrive in the afternoon to help pick your food on a tour of the Eco-gardens and sit around the fire and be entertained by a talented local musician and the odd Wild Tale from Laura too! Also Your names will go on our “Wall of Thanks”.

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Pledge £200

Eco-Gardening Beginners Full Day Course with Lunch and Refreshments.
Also your name will go on our “Wall of Thanks”.

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Pledge £250

Eco-Gardening Beginners Full Day Course with lunch and delicious fireside feast in the evening. Come and have a look at what we grow and how, see some of the Wildlife habitats and try out some Eco-gardening skills. Also your name will go on our “Wall of Thanks”.

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Pledge £250

If you cannot visit us for a treat or course here at the Eco-Gardens but would like to pledge this amount or more we will dedicate a part of the permanent Wild Garden planting and landscaping to you such as a Wild Hedge Bank, Climbers Arch or the Fig Tree Bower and keep you updated with pictures and anecdotes of how people are appreciating the space over the next 5 years with our progress. We will also send a goodie pack with seeds and/ or CDs and information from our project and of course your name will go up on our Wall Of Thanks!!!

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Estimated delivery: October 2016
Pledge £280

Wild Garden Forage and Feast for four, cooked by a chef from The Wild Cafe at Mawgan Porth, reknowned for their sumptuous food. Arrive in the afternoon to help pick your food on a tour of the Eco-gardens and sit around the fire and be entertained by a talented local musician and the odd Wild Tale from Laura too! Also Your names will go on our “Wall of Thanks”.

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Pledge £400

Two day Eco-Garden Course with 2 lunches and refreshments with edible plants to take away. Also Your name will go on our “Wall of Thanks”.

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Pledge £500

Have a full day of treats for two at Newlina Eco-Gardens sarting at 10.30 am with fun gardening activities, refreshments, lunch a Foraged Feast with entertainment in the evening and take away 12 Wild Garden Plants with information about how to look after them and Storytelling CDs. Also Your names will go on our “Wall of Thanks”.

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