Inner city kids embrace crowdfunding to create urban oasis in south london’s concrete jungle

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Stockwell is one of London’s most deprived areas, but now a bid to build an urban jungle play area by sharing the cost using crowdfunding could open up a whole new world for youngsters.  Oasis, a Stockwell-based kids charity, is planning to build a forest-garden – an urban jungle where kids can learn about plants, wildlife and biodiversity. They are using to raise the money. The charity wants youngsters in this deprived part of south London to gain first-hand experience of nature. 

They have already made a good start with raising funds and appreciate all contributions. Find out more about how you can support the project at

With public funding for these projects now non-existent in many areas, the concept of crowdfunding – where local people and firms pledge small amounts towards a single idea – is growing in popularity.

The ‘learn as you play’ adventure garden – known as Stockwell Urban Oasis – will feature a quirky tree house designed by a local artist, as well as useful and edible plants for children to experience. 

Oasis also encourage local adults to become involved with the space – be it through gardening or getting involved in projects with the children – helping the playground to become a more multi-generational space, and to generate more volunteers for the charity.

“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 the natural beauty of an area that deserves a bit more love.” Says Kam-Lyn Chak, a Project Promoter and volunteer at the Oasis adventure playground

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