Calthorpe Project threatened

Calthorpe The wonderful Calthorpe Project on the Gray's Inn Road has been threatened with a complete funding cut by LB Camden. If you've not popped into the lovely gardens at the Calthorpe Project yet, I highly recommend you do… you'll find it near the junction with Ampton Street.

The project is an inner city oasis – a community garden and centre where people grow and learn together taking care of each other and the environment.  People from all cultural and diverse backgrounds participate here.  Families with young children mostly living in flats with no gardens meet and learn together through play. If you are a gardening fan you'll have seen the Calthorpe Project featured on various TV programmes as a model of best practice in community gardening.

Holiday, after-school and weekend programmes provide out door, creative and social activities for children (Kings Cross has a higher than the national average number of children under 16)

The Calthorpe Project was awarded a Growing Schools Garden award for work with local primary schools.

Their volunteer and training programme helps people learn new skills, provides opportunity for social interaction and out door exercise as well as offering horticultural training for adults with learning difficulties.

Environmental and food growing sessions encourage and develop awareness of organic methods and composting.  Bangladeshi women and older people as well as families participate growing their own food.

Their recently refurbished 5-a-side pitch provides programmes to improve health and well-being for young people as well as generating vital revenue from hiring.

If you'd like to show your support for the Calthorpe Project, click to like their Facebook page.

About Sophie Talbot

Sophie runs a small business designing websites for small businesses and community groups. http://www.cookiewp.com She also manages King's Cross Community Projects http://www.kccp.org.uk
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3 Responses to Calthorpe Project threatened

  1. Lynne says:

    The Big Society?

  2. Niki Barnett-Henry says:

    Just to let you all know, Camden has agreed to give us the rent back. Very nice of them, but who’s going to run the place without the rest of the core funding. Hmmmmm.

  3. Kate Cooper says:

    Is this Calthorpe the same Calthorpe as owns great swathes of my home city of Birmingham? We’re engaged on a year-long scenario planning project looking at food futures for Birmingham in 2050. No surprise that urban farming/agroecology has come up on the agenda . . . and given that the Calthorpe Estate run so much of the city, it’d be good to know if the Brum organisation had a precedent in London for doing innovative horticultural projects . . .

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