Project information

Support our Garden

Help us to pay project staff so we can continue to provide the many services to our local community.
Specifically - Early Years Drop In, children's weekend activities, our Older People's Garden Group and volunteering opportunities for people with learning difficulties.

September 2012 - March 2013

Charity information

Calthorpe Project

Calthorpe Project logo
  • Need


    Many families living in Kings Cross live in overcrowded flats with no open space. There are few places that are safe in which children can play outdoors, exploring the environment, getting plenty of exercise and meeting their friends.


    By opening our community garden 7 days a week, we will provide a safe, inspiring and welcoming space for children and their families from all cultures. Feedback from one of our users sums us up "I hope that you can continue funding this amazing place where strangers can walk in and become friends. The staff have become my family and it would be heart breaking for me and my children to loose such a great place".

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a safe place for the local community to meet and get to know one another


    » To provide activities for the whole community to enjoy and to meet one another.

    Success will keep our project open so we can continue to provide services for our 1500 annual service users and 40,000 gargen visitors annually..

  • Impact


    When the children who come here now have grown up, they will come back with their own children and continue to enjoy our beautiful oasis in the heart of Kings Cross


    We are asking for funding in a number of ways; from creating friends of the Calthorpe, corporate sponsorship, completing grant applications and asking for donations. In this way we hope to reduce the most urgent risk to our project of not a securing necessary funding.


    Via our website, emails, events and newsarticles.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 staffing a contribution towards staff salaries
      £10,000 running costs insurance, electricity, gas etc.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    general support from users £6,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We are a community garden in Kings Cross


    Kings Cross has more young people aged under 16 than the national average. It is predicted that the population will grow by 18% over the next few years.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our community garden opened 27 years ago. We are the only garden of our kind in the area and the only space to offer food growing space alongside children's activities, football and under fives provision.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Louise Gates

    Louise Gates is the Co-ordinator who manages the day to day running of the garden and all it's projects as well as fundraising.