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Urban jungle playground for deprived South London area needs community help

Article By: Rachel Baker, News Editor

An urban jungle play area is to be built in Stockwell, one of London’s most deprived areas, funded by a method growing in popularity called crowdfunding, where local people and firms pledge small amounts towards a single idea.

Stockwell based children’s charity, Oasis plans to build a forest garden, which will be an urban jungle for children to learn about plants, wildlife and biodiversity. The charity wants youngsters in this deprived part of south London to gain first-hand experience of nature and is using – the world's first funding platform for neighbourhood improvement projects to raise the money.

Plans for Stockwell Urban Oasis, a learn as you play adventure garden, include a quirky tree house designed by a local artist and useful and edible plants for children to experience.

The charity has invited local adults to be involved by gardening, getting involved in projects with the children, enabling the playground to be suitable for children of all ages, or helping to generate more volunteers to the charity.

Kam-Lyn Chak, a project promoter and volunteer at the Oasis adventure playground said of the project:"Planting this exciting new garden in a space that’s already proven popular with local kids will create an array of opportunities for different play and learning activities. This project also benefits the local wildlife and will enhance the natural beauty of an area that deserves a bit more love.”

The project is supported by Spacehive, an online platform that helps anyone design and fund neighbourhood improvement projects. Its open financing platform allows any local person to contribute towards the costs of making community projects happen and improve their local area creating an area that will make use of dead and declining inner city sites.

Chris Gourlay, founder of said: “Taking grass-roots campaign literally, this is precisely the kind of project that we wanted to see flourish. By using the web to bring people together and find funding for projects that would otherwise never happen, communities can make a real difference to their areas and this is a shining example of what can be achieved.”

Find out more about how you can support the project at


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