Wednesday 29 July 2020

Dig deep Dalston! Help our Curve Garden reopen

Photo: Hollyhocks and Stik Sandra Keating for Dalston Curve Garden.

Dear friends of Dalston Curve Garden
Many thanks to all of you who have donated and supported our Crowdfunder to help reopen the Curve Garden. Together you have helped raise almost £70,000, since we launched the campaign on 2 July.

We have been bowled over by your generosity and the love you have shown for the Garden, not just through your donations, but in your creative offers of help, your sharing of our campaign among your networks and your many kind words of support and encouragement. It has really lifted our spirits!
The money that you have helped us raise so far, has enabled us to make good progress on the remodeling of the entrance area, paying for workers, materials and fittings. 

Our team of staff and volunteers, supported by contractors, have been making massive efforts to keep moving everything forward. We would dearly love to be able to reopen the Garden as soon as possible in August.
To do that and to be confident that once opened, we can ensure that the Garden can stay open for the rest of this year and beyond, we still urgently need to reach our Crowdfunder target of £100,000. You can help make this happen by making a donation here:

We understand how tough things can be for many people in these times of uncertainty, but rest assured that every donation, no matter how small, will help push forward the reopening of the Garden and then help ensure that we are able to stay open. You can also help by continuing to share our campaign among your networks. It does make a difference.

The Garden urgently needs to reach our £100,000 target in order to:
• Pay for extensive building works in our entrance area, so visitors can safely adhere to social distancing guidelines.
• Cover the impact of to the Garden's operation of the loss of 60% of our annual income, caused by having to close the Garden and our cafe, during our busiest season.
• Survive the year ahead with far less income, because of the requirement to limitt visitor numbers.

If everyone who has ever enjoyed spending time in the Garden, whether enjoying a pizza on a sunny evening, carving a pumpkin for our annual Lantern Festival, listening to live music, taking part in a free workshop or simply stepping away from the busy streets of Dalston to relax among the trees and flowers, donates a little towards our Crowdfunder, we will reach our target.
We look forward to being able to welcome you back here again soon!

With love and gratitude
from Marie and  Brian and all at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

Marie and Brian with the BBC Gardeners Question Time crew