A building that won’t cost the earth September 19, 2017

Week: 2 The Martineau Gardens Pavilion Refurbishment Appeal

Refurbishing our Pavilion means Martineau Gardens can continue to be the place where people, plants and wildlife meet. The refurbishment will create a bigger space that’s warm and dry in winter, light and airy in summer.

Care of the environment and the natural world; getting children in touch with nature and the outdoors; gardening and all its pleasures; growing and eating healthy food – this is at the heart of what we do.

Warm, dry and watertight, the Pavilion will need less ongoing repair work. By cutting our energy usage, we’re protecting the wider environment as well.

The Next Steps:

Refurbishment will involve:

  • Changing the layout of the Pavilion, knocking walls through
  • Installing a wood burning stove (already pledged to us!)
  • Fitting secondary glazing on the windows
  • Adding new guttering and drainage
  • Rewiring
  • Removing remaining asbestos
  • Insulating the walls and roof with Sheep’s wool
  • Putting in a modern kitchen

We stand for social equality, which is why we use social enterprise Jericho Construction (pictured above) for the refurbishment work. Spacious, water tight interiors means we can teach more children about nature, whatever the weather; more people can hire our Pavilion for celebrations and meetings creating an income that contributes towards keeping Martineau Gardens free to enter.

Campaign Update

It’s Week 2 of our Crowdfunder, The Martineau Gardens Pavilion Appeal: we’re delighted with the good start to the appeal. In our first 7 days, more than 14% of our target has been achieved. So please keep the momentum going: spread the word and share the donate page: localgiving.org/appeal/martineaugardenspavilion/

If you haven’t yet donated, you can also give by posting a cheque made payable to ‘Martineau Gardens’, telephoning the Gardens to make a card payment or popping into see us with cash. It all counts, and if you’re a UK tax payer, we can claim the Gift Aid making your gift worth a further 25p per £1 you donate.

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Photocredit: Swaledale sheep – “Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0”