25 August: since we started the Nightingale Gardeners Group - we have a new bank account and papers from meetings are on the Gardening page.
Since 2014, we have received fantastic support from:
28 Cambridge cubs and helpers - for heroic crocus corm planting on 12 November 2016 - in very cold wet weather, for the Wulfstan Way project and for fundraising with us on 2 September 2017.
Big Lunch Extras: mentoring for at least three of the people involved, especially by Christine and now Diana.
Bird Cafe volunteers - local Friends, setting up bird feeders, providing bird food and keeping them clean and topped up. We even received an envelope of money-off vouchers for bird seed with a lovely thank you note. And some fat balls in December 2017.
Bowling green gate rota volunteers: allowing us to keep the area open every day but also be safe and a good neighbour.
Cambridge Botanic Garden, including Fliss, Hannah and Sandie in Education and Outreach.
Cambridge City Council - Community Development: (especially Soahlon, Bridget, Caroline and Lisa); Open Spaces: (including Ed the City Ranger; Guy the Biodiversity Officer and Vic and Anthony; Kenny the tree man; Sharron the (former) Dog Warden, the parks team including Grant, Tony, Luke, Andy), Sports and Recreation teams: (especially Mac, Julie and Ian).
Cambridge Drone Aerial Photography: especially David.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Amphibian and Reptile Group (CPARG) - we would love to work with them on the nature pond and associated features (and hopefully some ecology events).
CCVS Rag Ballot 2017 - for awarding us a grant for gardening tools.
Friends of Nightingale Park: including the committee members.
Friends of Rock Road Library, including Steph for giving us very useful advice about primary science needs.
Grow Places: for the previous Gardening for Health 'Monday, Tuesday and Friday' groups (until July 2016), especially Paul, but also all the volunteers who came in all weathers to make the garden better - and also collect and sort lots of seeds.
Headway Cambridgeshire: 'Tuesday allotment group' in 2015, especially Simon but also all the volunteers.
Local councillors: including those who voted to support accessibility and biodiversity improvements with a S106 Open spaces grant (for 2016+) and helped us set up the Bird Cafe.
MedImmune - in April 2016, more than 30 people volunteering at our first ever corporate social responsibility event. You rock!
Papworth Owl Horticulture Group: especially Sarah, but also the students and staff who helped plant the native hedge.
Queen Edith's Community Forum: especially Sam, Rebecca - and Chris for the newsletter.
Queen Edith's primary school: especially Lorna advising on primary science. We look forward to working with their staff and parent volunteers on a new school garden project soon.
Queen Edith's pub on Wulfstan Way - for supporting us at their weekly pub quizzes - Monday night at 8pm. Fiendish questions guaranteed. With Milton Breweries, we had a very generous donation in early 2017, which funded the tanalised wood for the edging of our narrow beds.
Queen Edith's residents: for donations (see below).
Regular and occasional garden volunteers (and frequent visitors) - especially on Sunday and Monday afternoons' 'social garden club'. Over the years these have included Agnes, Andrew, Angelo, Ann, Anne, Barbara, Ben, Becky, Bob, Bronwen, Carol, Caroline, Christine, Claire, Colin, David, Diana, Eira, Emily, Gill, Graham, Keith, Harry, Ingrid, Immy, Izabela, Jane, Jennifer, John x 2, Josephine, Joyce, Judit, Julian, Justin, Kate, Katie, Lily, Lisa, Lois, Lorna, Louise, Marwan, Musang, Nat, Noreen, Peggy, Peter, Rebecca, Richard, Sam, Sandy, Siva, Stepan, Sue and Tom. They not only work really hard but keep us motivated, over fruit, a plain biscuit or even cake. And for generous donations to the project too.
Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) - see below for funding but also to Alison, Outreach officer, for lots of encouragement and support in 2017.
Rotary Cambridge - for donating a huge box of crocus corms for their Purple for Polio project - and Nigel for braving awful weather to help us get them in the ground.
South Area Committee 2016: small grant via Sustrans to support the social walk, including posters and flyers. We bought an event shelter, new folding table, a faster kettle and a large airpot, which we use for after-walk refreshments but also for garden volunteers ('gardeners tea at 3') and generally for events in the garden and park.
Transition Cambridge's Nature Group: for eco-collaborations including at the Wild Weekend, and helping to build an 'ecology kit' for the emerging tool library.
And lots of park users who don't belong to a group but just wander by and say nice things about what we are doing.
We have also received essential donations and loans to the project including from:
Amey Cespa household recycling centre at Milton: garden tools, sack barrow, wheelbarrow, hosepipe.
Anglia Ruskin Biodiversity Project: wildflower seeds.
Ann's family: kids craft materials, pens etc.
Barbara: rhubarb, and other lovely plants.
Big Lunch Extras, Milton Keynes event: rocket stove.
Brewers (Clifton Rd) - pallets, cardboard and a dustsheet.
Cambridge Botanic Garden: in 2015, foxglove plants and in 2019 some compost.
Cambridge Wood Works (no longer trading unfortunately): inspiration, chicken wire, various tools, survey measure, screws and hinges, Workmate.
Cambs Headway volunteers and staff: spare roofing felt, loan of tools and equipment, loan of water butts.
City Council Open Spaces: native hedging, meadow seeds, loan of moth trap and scythes, coloured dogwood prunings.
City Council Recycling Team: spare gardening stuff via Bring and Take, wheelie bins, small green bin, advice on coffee grounds from cafes.
City Council Sports & Rec: new roofing to the club hut, padlocks and keys.
Co-op supermarket at the Marque - refreshments for the Winter Festival, RSPB Birdwatch and Cambridge Wild Weekend.
Freecycle people: strawberry plants, Adirondack chairs, plastic garden chairs (April 2016), picnic table and BBQ (May 2016).
Friends of Nightingale Park: baked goods, including for fundraiser, fund for wildflower seeds, loan of bird feeders and donated bird food.
Friends of Rock Road Library: spare plants, sharing bulb order.
Grow Places (especially Paul Herrington) and volunteers: biscuits, blackboard (from a skip), bulbs, cleaning kit, cloches, disabled gardening tools, first aid kit, seeds, plants, loan of push mower.
Hill (the housebuilders)- have very recently given us a very generous donation to support the garden. We have used it for our new toolshed, paint, tools and materials in general.
Immy and Ingrid - for so many items (big and small) but also activities, enthusiasm and support.
Little Nightingales parent - some lovely new pond dipping nets.
Local building sites: fencing, pallets, storage crates.
Local garden group - sent us a donation instead of sending Xmas cards. Thank you!
Lorna's family - to help us make a scented bench garden. Coming soon.
Lynda - wonderful workbench and historic wooden boxes.
Julian and Rebecca: airpot, azada (mattock), broom, composter, kettle, mugs, paint, plants, seeds, tools, websites, willow, wood, loan of 'stuff', water carrier, paint.
Karina Wells: bench, composter, storage box, strawberry plants, bamboo, wire fencing and struts.
Keith: phlox plants and the highly admired Golden Rod.
Paul Waldmann: loan of workbenches.
Queen Edith's Community Forum, including at the Action Day in August 2015: wormery (now a stinky plant food urn) and various garden tools from the Bring and Take stall, fire safety kit. From the Bring and take 2016: sack barrow, which we swapped for our allotment wheelbarrow to become 'best barrow'.
Rag Ballot 2017 - for a generous donation for tools.
Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Greening Grey Britain, It's Your Neighbourhood - award to Queen Edith's in Bloom, for Wulfstan Way Raingardens project. We have used some of the grant for tools for children (and adults) to use, including in the garden.
Rock allotment neighbours - concrete blocks for stepping stones.
Sam and G Davies: 'Colin's pumped up wheelbarrow', portable workbench, endless encouragement and support, and also much appreciated hot chocolate.
Sue P: so many plants from her lovely garden (buddleia, fig tree, geranium, hellebores, heuchara, hydrangea, pulmonaria, sedums, 'smelly plant'), materials and tools. We are looking forward to propagating from them further and sharing them with volunteers and public spaces.
Sustrans-supported social walkers: best plastic mugs ever, best ginger biscuits, best Indian savouries, and chocolate-chip cookies. And some plants for both the garden and Wulfstan Way.
St James' Church volunteers - redcurrant bush cuttings, lean-to greenhouse.
Tym the tree surgeon: logs galore, for a bug hotel and woodpile. Other tree surgeons working in the park (I forgot to write down their names) who left us the big logs and smaller branches for our hugelkultur bed.
Transition Cambridge members: various hand gardening tools, hanging baskets and useful dustbins.
Winter Festival visitors - who donated funds for the garden, which was topped up from the raffle/collection - we are using these towards the Soft Fruit Aisle plants.
Yi-Zhong Yang style Tai Ji Society - our Tai Ji friends from the park - for a very generous cheque to spend on seeds and things. We have bought some veg and flower seeds with it and might get some bulbs too.
[If I have forgotten anyone, please let me know]
Last updated: 27 May 2019