Project information

Hackney Families Wildlife Garden at Abney Park

Our CHILDREN'S PLAY GARDEN in east London created an by the Abney Park Trust to serve a deprived area, urgently needs some PLAY EQUIPMENT and RUSTIC FURNITURE. Can you help so our volunteers can keep this well-used 'outdoor classroom' looking green, clean, and attractive for local families to use?

October 2011 - March 2012

Charity information

Abney Park Trust

Abney Park Trust logo
  • Need


    We have many local children using the garden where we provide educational support for programmes of arts- or environmental-based activities. It is now enclosed by a practical Heras fence, which the trust open and close for access by families. However, we just don't have the funds at present to make further improvements by way of installing basic wooden play equipment and rustic-style furniture. The result is that the user groups climb on what is present; establishing fruit trees / a willow seat


    Through consultation with our local beneficiaries we are agreed that in order to preserve the established plants and shrubs within the garden, some form of play equipment and seating is required for users. In time we have plans for a green hedge or a fence of natural woven material to hide or replace the Heras panels, as the overall aim is to create a space that also benefits local wildlife. By restoring the (vandalised) wildlife mural and installing some interpretation we can educate families.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To design an child-friendly infrasructure within the garden, around which we can build seating.


    » Consultation & Planning: children, parents and volunteers choose the wildlife & child friendly garden design, to ensure local support.
    » Volunteer Task Days (stage1): our volunteers will tidy remove dead foliage and create woodchipped pathways around the garden.
    » Contractor Task Days (stage 2) our contractor will build seating and play equipment, and resurrect the mural, as agreed in the garden plan.
    » Volunteer Task Days (stage3): our volunteers will plant up unsightly areas of the Heras fence with wildlife -friendly shrubs and plants.

    Success will be...100 parents, children, volunteers and teachers celebrate the opening event (and a newspaper article); followed by a summer of fully-booked activities.

  • Impact


    The project will double the number of bookings for children's events the Trust will offer during 2011/12, compared to 2010/11.
    At the end of 2011/12 the trust's website will create a new page to show how the safer, cleaner children's garden has dramatically changed and improved local children's lives (using photographs and words by the children, parents and teachers).


    There is a risk that consultees will not agree about the design. We have dealt with this through extensive pre-consultation during 2010 which has already led to a consensus.


    Funders of this project will receive 4 six monthly reports on the project throughout 2011 and 2012, with photographs of both the installation and after-use activity events in the Children's Garden, and details of publicity and website hits.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,400 Volunteer Days Advertising and holding twelve volunteer days
      £6,000 Furniture Construction by contractors
      £1,600 Publicity, events Overheads, project management, publicity, events

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    private donation £500 Conditional
  • Background


    Abney Park, Stoke Newington, London N16 OLH


    local families, children, adults, teachers, volunteers, wildlife enthusiasts.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity leases the land, manages the Children's Garden and fund-raises for its programme of activities and events.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Anna Smale

    Environmental Activities Officer

Feb 2011 class visit to Abney Park

Feb 2011 class visit to Abney Park