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Green Shoots

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To nurture nature and cultivate a community centred around Forest Gate Community Garden.

by Sophie Rigg in London, England, United Kingdom

This project expands on our existing aims: 1) To create and maintain green spaces for wildlife, plants and people 2) To support enjoyment and learning about nature 3) To promote an inclusive community and nurture wellbeing. 

 

We would like to be more proactive in seeking new audiences and bringing nature more directly to our local residents so aim to pilot a scheme of green-based activities that extends from the garden, building on the guerrilla gardening work of some of our volunteers and actively involving residents with projects on their doorsteps. 

 

We have identified a number of hard to reach community groups and are building relationships with them with a view to involving them in adopting local spaces to rewild. We want to encourage a positive communal experience that will be resident led to ensure activity can be sustained in the longer term. We have plans for food growing projects with home-schoolers and those in emergency housing or at risk of homelessness, plus planters for school groups to be situated on popular school routes and raised beds in common areas for those less able to bend. We want to run a whole programme of greening activity from the current site and community events that involve a diverse cross section of local residents and celebrate the difference individuals can make to the climate. We will empower residents through carefully tailored practical activities and support, establishing a strong greening network and social engagement that will ensure lasting positive environmental change.

Let's make 'Green Shoots' happen

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