Greenwich Gardens is a new project that aims to network community groups interested in the creative arts, the environment and community gardening and work with them to proactively respond to local environmental issues.
The initiative is focused on East Greenwich, an area undergoing a radical change with intensive development and the attendant challenges to the environment and established communities. Having run a number of discrete activities in the area over the last few years we have built a picture of the concerns that local people have and their aspirations for the future. We are now looking to build on the desire to strengthen community engagement and people's access to green and open spaces.
We see Greenwich Gardens as a new way of working; facilitating dialogues, supporting community development and placing creativity within the context of urban greening and community gardening. We are seeking project partners and communtiy groups interested in working with us to develop new ideas and help to realise them.
We have recently built a new partnership with the Eastney Street Tenants and Residents Association and have helped to write a number of successful funding bids that will support the development of a community growing space and an exploration of activities to help improve bio-diversity on the estate.
The project launched with the Capital Clean Up event The Great Outdoors where we made seed bomb gnomes and planted 800 bulbs to provide an early source of nectar for bees and insects. The next event is an afternoon of bats and bugs themed activities which will take place on 1 November.
Keep a look out for more information and a new blog page. In the meantime if you are interested in being involved with Greenwich Gardens please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @avantgardenlond