Previous Seed Fund Awards
Seed Fund Awards 2012
Each year the Earth Pathways Diary Seed Fund awards are given to a project or projects that help the Earth. The competition was very close this year and monies have been allocated as follows.
£300 awarded to Earth Activist Training ; based at Landmatters in Devon nominated by Jaine Rose
£250 awarded to Breathing Space: A project created by Lindy Brook-Tweed nominated by Sandy Gee
£250 awarded to St Dogmaels Community Allottment Association; based at St Dogmaels , West Wales nominated by Vicki Smith
£250 awarded to Wirksworth Community Garden ; started in 2010 by volunteers nominated by Denise Bristow and Rosemary Blenkinsop
Below is a summary of each project and how it plans to use the money.
The Earth Activist Training Collective organise courses incorporating Permaculture and Earth based spirituality for uk and European Activists. Activists come from a broad range of environmental and social justice projects and campaigns. In the past these have included ……..no borders campaigns and camps, womens rights, anti globalisation movements including the clown army, anti nuclear and arms trade campaigns, community gardens, the co-operative movement, animal rights, land projects such as landmattters permaculture project, womens environmental network, climate action including climate camp and plane stupid, and many more. The Earth Activist Training (EAT) was created by well known activist , author and witch Starhawk and has been running in the uk since 2000. Any money received from the earth path ways donations will be used to fund free and low price places for activists on low or no income.
For more info www.earthactivisttraining.org.uk
Lindy Brooktweed has created a beautiful outdoor space for peaceful contemplation and appreciation of the land at Stanmer Organics, outside Brighton. She has planted a (now mature) living willow dome used for meditation and sacred ceremonies. Plus areas planted with native species for meditative beauty and to encourage wildlife. Lindy runs a monthly outdoor meditation and hosts other workshops and events in the summer months - all for donations, only taking expenses for herself and the rest either re-invested in planting or for other earth-based charities. She (and ‘friends of Breathing Space’) is now dreaming of building a more weatherproof, structure with sustainable materials on a little used area, so that there can be more contemplative and educational activities planned and hosted more readily at Breathing Space in rainy and cold weather.
St Dogmaels Allotments Association, formed in 2011, was very grateful for the generosity of a local landowner who was prepared to lease us approximately 3 acres of land for 10 years at a rent of £250 per year. There are over 30 plots each about 200 square metres. All but 6 plots have now been taken by people delighted at last to have Allotments for the village. We are raising money to provide rabbit proof fencing (there are voracious rabbits here) and a water supply with distribution to troughs around the site.
We have a Core Group of 4, a chair, vice chair, treasurer and secretary who manage the allotments. The Allotment site on the banks of the river Teifi is beautiful with background calls of shelduck, curlew, geese and oystercatcher.
The group is sorting out a water supply, rabbit-proof fencing between plots and would like a community shed where groups could meet. Any money towards the development of this project would be very gratefully received.
Wirksworth community garden was started in September 2010 by a small group of volunteers inspired by Local Transition Meetings.They wanted to grow more food,herbs,fruit and flowers locally and help people learn or relearn the skills of gardening. A local business leased them the land which at the time was derelict. Since then, the group has held monthly planning meetings and workdays.
They have cleared the ground, built a gate, nine raised beds, filled them with topsoil and grown a goodly crop of vegetables. They have planted a Fruit Area, a Medicinal Herb Bed and a Bee Friendly Border. They are about to plant a Hedge and start work on a Woodland Area which will have Nut Trees, Damsons and Crab Apples, a Wildlife Pond and Bee Hives.
All this has been funded by a combination of Community Fundraising, Gifts ( plants,tools,horse manure etc ) and a small Starter Grant of £250 from a local council.
The Group now wants to actively encourage children, young people and the unemployed to come along.
Also, to install a polytunnel so that a greater range of vegetables can be grown and for a longer period of the year. Courses and activities can be put on and learners would be able to shelter from the rain and cold. These are an amazingly dedicated group of people who are putting loads of time and energy to get this project off the ground. Many people visited it during our “Open Garden” and were delighted at what has been achieved so far. Money from our awards would help this project with the cost of tools and polytunnel.