Engagement

Growing Homes 2012 Funding in Place

Our partnership for our 2012-2013 Growing Homes project is now in place. This is the start of a brand new and very exciting, four-way partnership project between Growing Ideas Ltd, Southern Housing Group, the Isle of Wight Council and the Hampton Trust. Funding from Southern Housing Group and the Adult and Community Learning Grant Programme […]

7 Tonnes of Raised Beds!

The Growing Ideas raised bed construction team took delivery of nearly 7 tonnes of wood to kick start raised bed delivery for 2012. That’s enough wood for 100 or so brand new beds. As well as installing them as part of our award winning Growing Spaces project we’re taking an increasing number of orders for […]

Raised Beds for the Ryde Foyer

The Growing Ideas raised bed team today worked with members of the Foyer’s Gardening Club in Ryde to install a set of bespoke raised beds in their gardens. The Foyer provides accommodation and support for young people aged between 16-25 who are in need of housing or are homeless. We worked with the young people […]

Community Training Events

As part of our ongoing delivery of the Growing Spaces project the Growing Ideas community learning team have delivered a series of hands-on soup making demonstrations at venues across the Isle of Wight. Members of the community got the chance to watch the demonstrations and to find out tasty ways to make use of the […]

Growing Spaces 2011 Training Events

Growing Ideas are currently running the autumn community drop-in support sessions for? Growing Spaces 2011. Six sessions in locations across the Isle of Wight (Ryde, Newport and Cowes) will include training and advice on healthy cooking, preserving and pickling – all focused on the produce from residents’ own raised bed. Fruit Tree Giveaway Project participants […]

Growing Ideas Wins Growing Homes Funding Bid

Growing Ideas has been awarded grant funding by the Isle of Wight Council’s Adult and Community Learning Service to deliver a training project in a hostel for the homeless. The project, provisionally named Growing Homes, has been put together in partnership with Southern Housing Group and will achieve the following: Conversion of an underused and […]

Raised Beds for Community Centre

The Growing Ideas raised bed team today installed a selection of raised beds at the Downside Community and Learning Centre, Pan Estate, Newport. The raised beds include a couple of our double-height design, specifically aimed at supporting the disabled and elderly during their gardening. These raised beds were put in as part of our award […]

Yet More Community Raised Beds

After our absolutely fantastic May during which we installed 76 brand new raised beds and supported 76 new households as part of Growing Spaces project, we are (very) pleased to announce that a further 30 beds will be created in June. Target areas are Newport, Cowes and Ryde on the Isle of Wight. That’s going […]

More Resident Training

Today we ran our second day of resident training activities for South Wight Housing Association and Medina Housing Association. Our theme was DIY and we covered simple electrical work, smoke alarms, plumbing, painting, wallpapering, shelf hanging and answered a wide variety of other DIY related questions from a large crowd of eager residents. Our focus […]

Resident Training for Local Housing Associations

Today, at the community flat in Preston Close, Ryde, The Growing Ideas team completed our first residents training day. A collaboration between Growing Ideas, South Wight Housing and Medina Housing, the two biggest housing associations on the Isle of Wight, led to this training opportunity for residents We put together two days of training designed […]

Huge Raised Bed at Oakfield Primary School

We installed the oversize, double length raised bed at Oakfield Primary School today that we planned with the parents, staff and children earlier in May. Working with families directly in their own homes as well as via their children at school are vital elements to the Growing Spaces project. We also managed to bury our […]

Growing Ideas and Growing Spaces 2009

Today sees the start of the first fortnight of raised beds construction as part of our Growing Spaces project – the team will be working on the Pan Estate, Newport and in Ryde, both on the Isle of Wight. These raised beds represent the first steps of what will be four years of delivery of […]