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raised of £1,250 target by 51 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,350 to plant 5 cherry trees around Dane Park fountain in Margate, Kent.

    Margate, UK
    Funded on Sunday, 14th October 2018

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    Our vision is to revive the area around Dane Park fountain in Margate. A step towards this vision is to plant 5 cherry trees around the fountain this coming winter 2018 – with your support!

    Have you seen cherry trees blossom in spring? It is one of the most beautiful and enjoyable times in a year when they are in full bloom! I have always been fascinated by nature and especially by how trees can help the environment and improve the appearance of our streets and parks. Over time, I have come to realise that planting a tree is one of the simplest yet profoundly positive acts each of us can do.

    I live very close to Dane Park in Margate with my two daughters and husband and, like many other local residents, we use the park frequently. We really love Dane Park and believe that it is one of the beautiful landmarks in Margate that urgently needs some collective love and care.

    Please help us to raise the funds!


    This project will be run closely with Dane Valley Woods, a local voluntary organisation who are developing a community woodland in a nearby area of Margate. They have kindly agreed to support the initiative with the loan of tools and other equipment, assisting with the process of accessing external grant funding, and working to raise overall awareness of the project.

    Thanet District Council

    Thanet District Council has approved the planting of 5 cherry trees around Dane Park fountain. Council will source the trees and further plans to provide benches to place near the fountain.

    Costs and Funding

    A total amount of 1,250 Pounds (250 Pounds per tree) will be raised. This will cover the purchase of 5 cherry trees, tree guards, tree labels, planting kits and expenses related to the maintenance and care of the newly planted trees over the first two years.

    The plan is to raise funds from residents and local businesses through a crowdfunding campaign. In addition, KCC Councillors have expressed interest in providing additional support (approval pending).

    The crowdfunding campaign ends on October 14, in less than a month's time.

    If we raise more funds than targeted, we plan to either carve tree stumps into animal figures in Dane Park or purchase more cherry trees.

    Tree species

    The species will be a Japanese Prunus Pink Perfection. It will be sourced as a semi-established sapling of 3-4 m. The tree reaches a height of 3-7m when fully grown. It produces delicate, frothy, double pink flowers that are dark pink in spring and bright red leaves in the autumn time.

    Community support

    Community champions and resident groups will kindly help us to raise awareness about the campaign. These are, inter alia, Margate Civic Society, Friends of Ellington Park, Dane Valley Councillors, Thanet Community Forest School, Arts Education Exchange, Bring back the Dane Park fountain Facebook group and Trees for Cliftonville and Margate Facebook group/Thanet Trees. We need all the support we can get. 😊

    The actual tree planting will be done with volunteers, including Arts Education Exchange who closely works with youth from Cliftonville.

    Local businesses

    Our love goes out to the local businesses Cliffs, del Renzio & del Renzio (, Curve Roasters, The Bus Café and The Grain Grocer Cliftonville. Thank you!

    Cliffs sold 378 cups and pots of tea in September, of which 50p (of each cup/pot sold) were donated to the campaign. Amazing!


    Local resident artist Claire de Lune has kindly prepared the lovely illustration for the campaign above (see cover photo).


    The 5 cherry trees will be planted in 2018, most likely in November.

    To summarize, your support will help to achieve the following objectives:

    • To revive the area around Dane Park fountain and create a welcoming space for families and their friends to enjoy,

    • To add to Dane Park’s natural beauty, especially in spring when the cherry trees are in full bloom, and

    • To draw in attention from Council and the general public for further improvements.

    Please donate whatever you can, however large or small, it means a huge amount to us.

    Thank you!

    Stephanie Nsom in partnership with Dane Valley Woods



    • Stephanie Nsom6 years ago
      Stephanie Nsom

      Stephanie Nsom

      6 years ago

      Hello everyone, we planted the first five cherry trees on October 16! This Thursday (Nov 29), we will plant the second batch of cherry trees (11 of them) in Dane Park. Come and join us! Also, the local woodcarvers from @TribalAnimal will create 6 magical figures out of tree stumps using chainsaws. Please pass by from 8.30am to noon to say Hi. If you like to volunteer to dig a hole for the trees, please message me directly: We need help! Thanks, Stephanie

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    • Stephanie Nsom6 years ago
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      Stephanie Nsom

      6 years ago
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      Dear supporters, we have achieved our crowdfunding target on justgiving today! Fantastic. This means £1,250.00 raised by 50 supporters within 50 days! What a great outcome. Thank you! We have started planning for the tree planting day in November. Date to be confirmed. We will let you know. Stay tuned. Best, Stephanie

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    • Stephanie Nsom6 years ago
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      Stephanie Nsom

      6 years ago

      AND, Cliffs tea support scheme is coming to an end on Sunday September 30. Last chance to drink as many teas as you can! Give as little as £2 to send out a signal to Council that our green spaces need to be maintained and invested in. Please donate!

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    • vernon kennard

      vernon kennard

      Oct 6, 2018

      This in fond remembrance of the Fountain,the bridge and the gold fish in 1939Vernon Kennardlate" Kennards Piano Northdown Rd


    • Anonymous


      Oct 2, 2018


    • C James

      C James

      Sep 28, 2018

      Just bought a house near Dane Park, would love to have cherry trees to enjoy! x


    • Flan Barrett

      Flan Barrett

      Sep 28, 2018


    • Melody Kennett

      Melody Kennett

      Sep 24, 2018

      Love cherry trees, hope you make your target. Good luck.


    • Stacey


      Sep 24, 2018

      Thank you for your fabulous work beautifying our space.


    • Sophie Mollison

      Sophie Mollison

      Sep 23, 2018


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    Stephanie Nsom

    Stephanie Nsom

    Margate, UK

    I work for the World Bank on renewable energy projects in Africa and Haiti. I ran a crowdfunding campaign in 2017 to plant trees in Hither Green/London. 7 trees were planted in 2018. Together with my husband, I ran a Petition for streetscape improvements (600+ signatures).

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