The Greenhouse is populated by freelancers, remote workers and other professionals who rent desk space through the working week. In the evenings and at week-ends, it’s a venue for community events, from first aid courses to sign language, yoga to crafts, book readings and watercolour painting.
Founder Rosie Manning, a web designer, hopes to inspire local people with a commitment to community events and some green initiatives designed to promote sustainability. Rosie reflects on when The Greenhouse doors first opened in March 2019:
“Wherever possible, we sourced things second hand, made them ourselves or called in
favours with local tradespeople,” Rosie said. “The paint on the walls was provided by
Seagulls, a fantastic organisation over on Kirkstall Road, who specialise in reprocessing and
distributing unwanted household paint.”
So, what began with an empty industrial unit with bare concrete walls was transformed, in Rosie’s own time, with the help and kindness of friends, into a ‘bright and friendly space, filled with leafy plants, relaxing tunes and beautiful decor’.
The driver here is not profit, not growth, but all about making a contribution to the independent scene in Meanwood. Along with the sense of social responsibility comes the priority of making progress on environmental matters. Rosie continued:
“We really want The Greenhouse to live up to its name. As well as filling the space with plants and supporting nearby businesses, we use energy-efficient light bulbs throughout the space, replenish our soap containers at The Refilling Station in nearby Chapel Allerton and recycle all our plastic, glass and paper. But we want to inspire more green behaviours – bike parking facilities, for example, will encourage our residents to leave their cars at home. We’d also like to replace the panels on the front of our building with walls of moss to help absorb air pollution from passing traffic. Everyone understands the battle we’re facing when it comes to climate change. As a public workspace, I think we need to lead by example and be as sustainable as possible.”
Rosie has set up a Crowdfunder campaign, offering anyone who makes a pledge the opportunity to receive a custom reward, such as a limited edition hat, bag or jewellery, prints or a tattoo. Donations can be as little as £1, because, as Rosie says, each £1 brings The Greenhouse closer to its goal.
More events will be added to those which have already proven popular. People have been travelling from all over the City to attend and Rosie’s hoping The Greenhouse will continue to host a wide range of events, catering for many interests.
The Greenhouse offers desk rental and hot desking to freelance designers, developers, photographers and academics, as well as remote workers and small businesses and recently hosted the second ever Dribbble event in Leeds, bringing together professionals from the digital and tech industry for a series of informative talks.
The Greenhouse website: https://www.the-greenhouse.org.uk/
The Greenhouse on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thegreenhousehq/
The Greenhouse on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thegreenhousehq/
The Greenhouse on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thegreenhousehq
The Greenhouse Crowdfunder page: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/grow-the-greenhouse