I have the very great pleasure of announcing that
our £5,000 grant application to the
HCVS East End and City "Grassroots Grants"
has been approved.
The project is to make the whole estate's grounds look as good as the best
squares and public gardens in Hackney.
We plan to do a lot more than simply planting.
Along with a sculptural element in the form of seating via a separate grant, the
overall effect should be that of a coordinated landscape design.
We have already spoken to The Grass Roof Company and will follow up with landscape, bedding and planting schemes & designs that will encourage the wildlife we want (discourage those we don't) and be sustained throughout the year.
We intend to add enough funds from our EIB, year by year to ensure constant maintenance of the new grounds.
This means weeding, pruning and seasonal re-planting.
In fact, everything needs to keep the grounds looking great year round.
As we have leaseholders with front gardens we currently have a garden of concrete slabs next to one full of flower pots next to one of hedges. We will add elements to each in order to tie everything together and, with the leaseholders permission, change whatever would otherwise stand out as uncoordinated. Fortunately this last job just means a bit of manual labour which we will do ourselves and not use grant funds for.
I'll post more here very soon, I just wanted to get the news to you that the grant has been approved.
Brilliant - thank you HCVS
from Sec. B&C TRA