Hope Springs News!
Sutton Lawns Summer Spectacular - Saturday 2nd June 2012
Nottingham Community Foundation and Ashfield Fair Share Trust are holding a Summer Spectacular day on Sutton Lawns. The event promises to be a great Family day out. We will be holding an open day and plant sale on our Sutton Lawn project. This will be a good opportunity to call in and adopt your free tree! Keep checking back - further details posted closer to the time.
Make Ashfield Greener!
We are co-ordinating a project on behalf of Ashfield Fair Share Trust. We are providing free trees for Ashfield district residents and organisations to plant in their gardens and grounds. The trees will be available for collection from our Sutton Lawns project towards the end of May. We aim to have a wide selection to suit any size garden. If you are interested send your details via our 'contact us' form and we will call you when they become available.
Nottingham General Dispensary Fund
We have been awarded a grant from the Nottingham General Dispensary Fund to purchase new equipment and start a Health and Horticulture Library. We aim to offer a collection of publications offering support and advice on a variety of mental and physical health problems, along with a wide selection of horticultural books. These will be available for our members to lend to give them a better understanding of their health. We also hope to be inspired by the horticultral books offered!
Community Interest Company Incorporation
On 5th April 2012 Hope Springs Horticulture was Incorporated at Companies House as a Community Interest Company. Our Company number is 08021695. Many thanks to David Obahiagbon and Rachel Beard at Shoosmiths Nottingham, for helping us through the process!
In November 2011 Ashfield Fair Share Trust in partnership with Nottinghamshire Community Foundation held a 'Dragons' Den' competition to support new businesses in the Ashfield area. We entered the competition and received mentoring and support in improving our business plan which has proved to be invaluable. The final of the competition involved giving a presentation to local business leaders. Although a very nerve inducing experience we were lucky to win a £3,000 start up grant! This helped Hope Springs get off to a flying start by enabling us to cover essential start up costs such as insurance and professional fees. We are also investing a proportion of the money in materials to support our fledgling Social Enterprise.
We are currently working again with Ashfield Fair Share Trust by helping to co-ordinate a project to give trees to the Ashfield Community to make Ashfield Greener - keep checking back for more updates.
We have been lucky to receive a grant from Enable on behalf of the European Social Fund to facilitate a three month project on our Cheapside site. The project begins in March 2012 and will run until the end of May. The focus of the project is to increase confidence by undertaking a variety of tasks and studies. Planned activities include building an all weather shelter, crop rotation and propagation. We will keep you posted with updates and photos.
Thanks to our Supporters
Starting a Community Interest Company has been a steep learning curve but we have been lucky to receive help, support and encouragement from a number of sources;
Ashfield District Council
The National Trust
Bassetlaw District Council
Bassetlaw Community Voluntary Service
Ashfield Fair Share Trust
Nottinghamshire Community Foundation
Business in the Community