Environmental crowdfunding – Norfolk Rivers Trust

This crowdfunding project run by the Norfolk Rivers Trust is all about the Trust’s work to improve the health of the chalk rivers in North Norfolk.

The Rivers Trust is using Crowdfunder to host their campaign – they have already reached their initial funding target and are now looking to stretch the crowdfunding income to the £5,000 mark before the campaign closes later in March.

Please support or promote the project where you can:


Thank you



Accelerator – crowdfunding artists

Launched in August 2014, Accelerator is the new crowdfunding platform for creative people.

Developed by Ideas Tap, and arts charity and funder, Accelerator is offering artists a way to raise project funding themselves, without the normal commission fees normally charged by other crowdfunding platforms. Let’s hope that this new crowdfunding platform can get enough publicity and backing to become a valuable supporter of the arts.

Sponsored by the Peter De Haan Charitable Trust, Accelerator will accept campaigns relating to the arts including photography, film, visual arts, journalism and writing and publishing.

Details:  Ideas Tap

Environmental crowd funding– Please support the Sensory Trust (UK)

gofindit! a fantastically fun way to explore nature

You might have already heard about the game the Sensory Trust are developing. Its called gofindit and its an instant natural treasure hunt, with cards representing different sensations and sensory characteristics you can find in nature. It’s a really simple, fun game that can be played in many ways anywhere really, down on the farm, at a picnic in the park, on a walk in the woods, at the beach, wherever.

The Sensory Trust are raising funds through crowdfunding to develop the game  – the card game can be used by children and adults in urban and rural locations – it is a fun way to explore the outdoors using all your senses.

The Trust need to raise £2500 and to date (12th May) they have raised just over £1000 with 28 days to go – please pledge whatever you can to support this project and forward this message so others can join in!

If you have not used crowdfunding before, but were just waiting for the special project  – this could be the one to try it out.

Thank you, Pete

Details: http://kck.st/1tUz9Es

Deadline:  9th June 2014

Crowdfunding the Tansy beetle

Tansy beetleThe Tansy beetle is a large, iridescent green leaf beetle, with a coppery sheen.

It is said that their glittering wing cases were so admired by the Victorians that they used them as sequins to decorate clothes.

Although once widespread in the UK living in wetland areas, they are now only found along the banks of a 30km stretch of the River Ouse, around York.

The beetles are dependent on tansy as their sole food source, if a clump disappears the beetles have to walk to a new clump.

Land-use changes and the increase of invasive species such as Himalayan balsam have resulted in a decline in Tansy plants over the past few decades and this allied to regular flooding has put this last remaining population at high risk leading to the area becoming designated as a SSSI by Natural England.

By crowdfunding for the funds Buglife will be able to:

  • remove riverside willow and Himalayan balsam, which reduce Tansy growth
  • plant Tansy clumps where there are large gaps
  • create safe havens away from the river where beetle populations can be protected from floods
  • reduce grazing pressure on Tansy vegetation
  • ensure riverside landowners know the difference between Tansy and Ragwort
  • undertake surveys to monitor populations
  • investigate a captive breeding programme with the view to reintroduction to the Fens in East Anglia.

Paul Hetherington
Director of Fundraising and Communications

Contact: paul.hetherington@buglife.org.uk

Support the Crowd funding campaign here : https://spacehive.com/tansybeetle

Photo: Natural England

Greening Crowdfunding

Bristol park in poor shapeSince last year Pete Johnstone has been working with Spacehive to generate interest within environmental and countryside organisations across the UK of the value and potential of crowd funding.  Crowd funding is already big business and the billion pound turnover it generates is only set to grow and it is essential as Pete says that the environmental movement taps into this potentially rich and profile raising source of funds.

Meanwhile, Maddie Yuille from Spacehive explains what Spacehive is all about:

Spacehive is a crowdfunding platform for civic spaces – whether that’s sprucing up the rusty old playground at the end of your street, putting on a street festival to bring your neighbours together, or opening a pop-up shop showcasing local talent.

However, if there’s one type of project we keep seeing more and more of, it’s green spaces. From community growing spaces to pocket parks and forest gardens – Spacehive is awash with green.

Crowdfunding fits this type of project well – the fundraising targets are often manageable figures, coupled with a strong base of supporters who are ready to get out there and bang the drum!

Driving this are a number of environmental organisations hosting their own pages on Spacehive, including Groundwork London, Capital Growth, South West London Environment Network, the Red Rose Forest in the North West and the national playing fields and outdoor space charity, Fields in Trust. We’re also working with Business In The Community to bring much needed volunteers, from some of the UK’s biggest corporates, to work on site – digging, planting, and painting.

Just recently the Red Rose Forest (a forestry charity based in Manchester) successfully hit their funding target for “Stevenson Square Green Makeover”. After having raised nearly £40,000 from 81 funders, Stevenson Square in Manchester’s Northern Quarter will soon see green roofs and hanging baskets sprouting from every corner! Donations from the council, Experian (via a match funding deal with Spacehive) and local people and businesses ensured that this tree-free part of the city will soon be gloriously green.

If you have a green idea of your own, why not give crowdfunding a go? You can upload your project to Spacehive here. Here’s to the keyboard and the trowel!

Maddie Yuille
Project Coordinator

Photo above: This poorly maintained park is suffering and if the local authority struggles to maintain it, maybe local crowd funding could help keep it in better shape.

Spacehive is on TV – Inside Out – BBC London Region

The programme will feature the Global Garden, Global Kitchen which aims to create a new community garden and kitchen in Tottenham, London. The fundraising for this project will be through UK crowdfunder Spacehive.

Well worth watching if you want to find out about how crowdfunding works.

Crowdfunding the environment

It is always pleasing, but sadly frequently rare these days to see new fundraising opportunities coming through to support environmental improvements.

Well, crowdfunding is one that deserves some further investigation. Crowdfunding is essentially online fundraising and has typically supported a whole range of start-up businesses such as film and art type projects, particularly in the United States.

In the UK there are a number of crowd funding platforms but one, Spacehive, has been set up specifically to lead on public space and environmental work where there is a clear public benefit.

As with anything new there is always uncertainty as to whether it will work or not, but I reckon with the rapid growth of digital networking, the growth of digital fundraising will not be far behind – where local people, businesses, supporters and visitors alike will be keen to support projects that they feel an affinity towards and in so doing pledge some money.

The need may be for a new hedgerow, a school nature garden, a local tree planting project or a new or enhanced community greenspace or perhaps an imaginative nature conservation project that can capture the public interest.

Being adventurous, I can even see footpath improvements and longer trails being supported by crowd funding, as realistically where else is the funding going to come from to fund these initiatives in the future?  True, lottery funding is here to stay but I guess that if you can prove local support by raising a proportion of the funds through crowd funding then that can only help your case.

So have a look at the Spacehive site for more detail and to see how it might fit your organisation, you can post a single fundraising project on Spacehive or get your own branded initiative page that will help raise the profile and marketing of your environmental cause. I would be interested to hear from any organisations thinking of setting up their own initiative page.