Farncombe Community Garden
After a prolonged pause due to covid, the dream of setting up a community garden in Farncombe is alive once more!
Early in 2021 we were approached by Surrey County Council as they wanted to develop a piece of unused land for community use and were aware that we keen to set up a community garden. As always, there is a lot of groundwork to put in behind the scenes before you can put a spade in the ground, but we have a small garden project team that has been working hard since we heard from the council and are very excited and hopeful that the dream of gardening together will become a reality in the not too distant future. The council is also working hard with us as we put together details for the lease of the land, while at the same time we are getting an ecological survey done, looking at planning permission, applying for charitable status and much more!
We are very grateful to all of those who have given us their contact details since we first came up with the idea of the garden, and we will be keeping you in touch with what is happening as things progress. We hope to hold a public meeting to give more details about the project before the end of the year.
In the meantime, we need your help with a grant application!
Fund raising and applying for grants is going to be key as we get the project off the ground, especially with initial capital funding. Having visited several other community gardens in Surrey, they have all told us how important it is to have a building, so that volunteers have somewhere to meet, to shelter when it rains and have that all British cup of tea! It will also open the door to so many other community activities, such as creative crafts, that will broaden the work of the garden and allow it to be a thriving space even in the depths of winter. For this reason we have applied for a vital capital funding grant from Your Fund Surrey, which has a huge £100 million in grants to award..
Our application is more likely to succeed if we can show community support for the project so please visit this page to show your support. To support the garden you need to click the 'Agree' button at the bottom of the page and you will then be asked for your email. Please also share it on social media if you are able as we need to spread the word as quickly as possible - we are also applying for another grant with the deadline for applications of 15th October and can use the support for this bigger application to strengthen our case for all our grant applications.
Let us have your details if you would like to stay in touch
If you have not already given us your details and would like to be kept in touch via e mail with developments about the garden project then do complete the form below, or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to our mailing list. We would love to hear your thoughts about the garden. We will not pass your e mail to any other parties and will only use it to get in touch about the garden.
The Binscombe Team
The proposed site for the garden is an unused piece of land adjacent to Broadwater Lodge Care Home
The land is set back from Summers Road and surrounded by lovely mature trees. It is bordered by the care home, the railway line to the North West and a stream on its North East border.