Hayburn Park in Glasgow is the first park project to reach its fundraising target on the new MyParkScotland crowdfund site.
The Hayburn Park Play Association has secured funding for their mini-orchard project in just 3 weeks after the project and the MyParkScotland website went live.
Gwen Galbreith of Hayburn Park Play Association said:
We’ve never tried crowdfunding before and so didn’t really know what to expect. We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of people. Now we’re all really looking forward to planting our mini-orchard and hope to welcome some of our supporters later in the year for a planting ceremony – and we would love them to come back in future years to experience the joy of picking and biting into an apple that they’ve helped to grow.
Ian Goodman, MyParkScotland Project Manager said:
The Hayburn mini-orchard project is a really good example of how to run a successful crowdfund. The group had a clear need for their project, were realistic about how much money they could raise and built support in advance of the crowdfund going live so that they quickly – in the first weekend – reached the tipping point of securing 50% of the funding. But the real key to their success was probably the great video they produced – it featured local children talking passionately about why they would like your help to create a mini-orchard. We would like to say a huge thank you to the early supporters of this and the other projects on the MyParkScotland website.
MyParkScotland is a new website that helps people discover and support parks in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The website launched just three weeks ago on 23 May 2015 and already it’s proving very popular. It isn’t just a crowdfunding platform, it also provides a quick and easy way to search for parks, check out what facilities they have and find out about events and activities. Currently it covers parks in Edinburgh and Glasgow but there are plans to extend it to other parts of Scotland.
Julie Procter, Chief Executive of greenspace scotland said:
Park users often told us they would like to be able to support their local park but there wasn’t an easy way to do this. That’s why we developed MyParkScotland as a safe and easy way for people to donate to support park improvement projects developed by Friends of Parks and other local groups, and to make donations to parks. MyParkScotland is an independent Scottish charity and this means we are able to reclaim Gift Aid on donations and we are using this ‘extra funding’ to build sustainability and endowment funds for Scotland’s parks – helping to safeguard these national treasures for future generations. We’re looking forward to helping more groups like the Friends of Hayburn raise funds to support projects in their local park.
There are curently two other live crowdfund projects on the MyParkScotland website
The Friends of Figgate Park in Edinburgh are raising money for bat boxes in the park http://bit.ly/figgbat
At Saughton Park, Edinburgh they’re looking to bring the historic bandstand back to life http://bit.ly/saugh
More projects are coming soon…
MyParkScotland is an independent Scottish charity which works to help people discover, enjoy and support Scotland’s parks.
The project development has been led by Scottish charity greenspace scotland, working in partnership with Friends of Parks groups, City of Edinburgh Council and Glasgow City Council. Currently it covers parks in Edinburgh and Glasgow; we plan to extend the MyParkScotland website, funding platform and park endowment across Scotland.
MyParkScotland is the only Scottish project within the Rethinking Parks programme and is funded by Nesta and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Rethinking Parks aims to support organisations to develop new approaches to sustaining and making the most of the UK’s public parks. More http://www.nesta.org.uk/project/rethinking-parks