There are four phases to the Project, as follows
- Phase One - Secure funding (complete)
- Phase Two - Construction and installation works (complete)
- Phase Three - Completion, sign off and Plot Allocations (complete)
- Phase Four - Official Opening Event (held on Saturday, 28th April 2012)
This was successful and funding was secured to complete the Project in Full
- NottsCC provided £26,000 through a Local Improvement Scheme Grant for the hard civil construction works; tenders were submitted, assessed and Mellors Plant of Milton (near to Markham Moor) were selected as the chosen contractor. The order for the composting toilets was placed with Kazubaloo.
- Business Link East Midlands provided a grant of £3,000 towards new tools (for the project gardeners), two poly-tunnels and two large gazebos with tables and 20 chairs. Tools are being supplied by Dukeries Garden Centre (Notcutts), the poly tunnels by Haygrove and the gazebos by Gala Tent.
- The Big Lottery Fund awarded £10,000 to us for the purchase of a Learning Centre cabin.
- The additional amount needed of £2,000 was riased from our County and District Councillors and from our own fundraising efforts such as the Family Day in 2011, raffles and other donations.
We cannot say 'thank you' enough for the support that we have received from Notts County Council, our LIS Project Manager Gill Grievson, our County Councillor Sybil Fielding, our District Councillors Ivor Jones, David Pressley and Alan Rhodes, our Business Link Advisor Sue Coffey and many, many others too.
This commenced on 26th October 2011 and was completed on 8th December 2011. The Learning Centre was delivered and sited on 23rd January 2012. The replacement of the door on the Tool Store was also completed in January.
This was a large project (with one or two challenges!!!) and would not have been successsful without the support of Ben Mellors of Mellors Plant of Milton, who did a brilliant job for us. The quality of their work far exceeded our expectations and they came in on budget! In addition, we now have toilets on site for the very first time.
Full details of the lenghty Phase Two can be found in our News Section
This was completed at the end of January 2012. Notts CC have received the final invoices and we have paid for the Learning Centre and equipment.
The gardens, raised beds and poly tunnels will be shared between three schools from the 'Food for Life' program in Worksop and the staff and clients from NORSACA. The schools are Norbridge Academy, St. Johns and Prospect. On site and off site meetings have been held with the three schools and the children started work in January.
The wild life and bog gardens and tree area between the raised beds are communal areas and will be prepared with the help of the Idle Valley Rural Centre, Retford.
The official opening of the Community Garden took place on Saturday, 28th April 2012, at 2pm. Full details of the event can be found here