Goldthorpe Community Gardens Scheme

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Goldthorpe Development Group  has completed this phase of the street planter refurbishment project. The project is now being rolled out as the ‘Goldthorpe Community Gardens Scheme’.

Aimed at encouraging residents to take over the development of the street planters. Whilst the scheme is in its early stages, several locations have been adopted by residents to ensure the sustainability of the scheme. All residents are invited to play a role in the care of these valuable community spaces.  Helping foster stronger neighbourhood ties and creating a more convivial environment as we share the continuing evolution of these spaces together.

A micro-grant of £500 from Coalfields Regneration Trust made this work possible and the helpful assistance of Dearne Area Team.

Street planter refurbishment implementation in figures

  • Two tonnes of (sandstone) rockery stone was donated and moved to various locations.
  • 250 kgs of top soil utilized.
  • 600 litres of soil conditioner utilized.
  • 178 large bags of green waste, rubble, glass, rubbish and machine parts removed from street planters.
  • 170 hours of work involved in getting the project to conclusion.
  • Specialist aboriculturist employed to undertake work in treating invasive vine growth to selected street planter locations that proved problematic to resolve.
  • Five of the refurbished street planters have been adopted by residents and groups of volunteers.
  • Fifteen people involved in the project execution.
  • 11 new ongoing volunteers to safeguard the street planters.
  • An estimated 76 shrubs and 230 beddings plants have been planted.
  • Project leader Aaron Poole undertook 105 hours of volunteer time.
  • 168 road miles clocked up to source, buy and move materials.

Thanks for helping make this project a success must go to the following:

  • The volunteers whose ages ranged from 7 up to and including 65.
  • Café Bijou Goldthorpe for plant donations.
  • Cheryl, Lisa and Craig for stone provisions.
  • The Salvation Army – Goldthorpe for ongoing collaboration.
  • Dearne Area Team and Barnsley Council for support and grateful assistance in waste removal.
  • Twiggs Grounds Maintenance assistance.
  • Dave & Jane from Highgate Lane for donations of plants and wooden planters. And the other plant donations locally.
  • Craig Element –Horticultural specialist for advice and treatment.
  • Jim O’shea – landlord and lettings management.