It’s brilliant to see the energy building around the 10 x Greener project. There’s a real buzz of excitement as people start to imagine how green the neighbourhood could become.
All the frogs trying to safely navigate their way around Daubeney Road are a good reminder of how nature is trying its best to make the most of the neighbourhood. All we have to do is give it a helping hand.
Over the last week I’ve been meeting with even more members of the community to discuss ideas for making the neighbourhood 10 x Greener. Thank you to everyone from EcoActive, Hackney Forest School, Daubeney Primary School, Daubeney Fields Forever, Landmark Heights, Clapton Park CTO as well as all the residents that have joined workshops or come to meetings so far.
At the community meeting on Saturday we started to list lots of ideas for making the community greener. So far 88 different ideas have been suggested:
- Rename the area Daubeney Green
- Wildlife board to record sightings
- Frog warning signs
- Plant tree pits on the pavements
- More front garden planting
- Advice for people on what to plant in their front gardens
- Support to replace concrete with green gardens
- Plant climbers on brick walls
- Volunteer to green-up other people’s gardens
- More planting tubs outside of gardens – designed by school kids!
- Connect house drain pipes to water gardens
- Connect house drain pipes to tubs people can collect water from
- Create a water team to help with the two ideas above
- Butterfly friendly planting
- Restore the mural in the community garden
- Green house in the community garden
- Urban farm on the roof of Landmark Heights
- Replace park fencing with stacked logs you can climb over
- More public seating
- A common colour used throughout the project
- Giant planter in front of Daubeney Primary
- Community tool box
- Community pot exchange
- Community seed swaps
- Large habitat panels on walls
- Green bin stores in front gardens
- Create a carpenter team to help with making planters and things
- Provide access to a driller and skip to de-pave front gardens
- Green zones – can we surround the school with planting?
- Moss walls
- Moss posts
- Green areas of seating. Benches amongst pots etc.
- Soil access for climbers. Jasmine etc. to climb fences.
- More bins
- Less rubbish
- Big lunch / street party
- Ask local businesses for things that can be used as planters (olive oil tins etc).
- Join up with the jumble trail
- More bike parking
- Planting around the bike planting
- Green roof sheds (the top of the bike sheds?)
- Green roof cars (!)
- Parklets – replace parking spaces with mini parks
- A green bridge to connect Daubeney to Mabley Green
- Signs (made by kids and artists) about the greenery
- Signs about dog poo (i.e. We play here! Please pick up)
- Use the round shed as a social point. Move to the park?
- Bee hives
- Local bee keepers network
- Compost heaps in garden
- Harvest event
- Buddy scheme
- Litter picks
- Proper bins
- Water, water.. everywhere! We need water in front gardens
- Remove fences between gardens
- Species mapping and monitoring
- Contribute to Chelsea Fringe
- Moss greened lamp posts
- Use recycled products
- Don’t use things that are attractive
- Use railings to grow sweet peas
- Stacked plantations
- Grow fruit and veg
- Linking gardens to direct neighbours
- Communal purchase of things like soil
- Link up to the canal more strongly
- Green the bridge
- Create “planting library boxes”, like the mini-library but for seeds
- Involve the street cleaners
- Get rid of the black railings around the school
- Things to put on cars to make them greener
- Signed walking routes
- Bird feeders on lamp posts
- Bird boxes
- Painted oil drums
- A giant dead hedge in the park
- Greening the dead and dirty area around the bridge
- Lots of colourful painting
- Lavender for smell and bees
- Bug palaces
- Green roofs
- Lots of climbers
- Plants on all balconies
- Extensive planting at the bollards dead space near the park entrance
- Sparrow terraces
Do you have any other ideas? If so, comment below or in our Facebook group and I’ll add them to the list. I’m sure we can come up with 100+ ideas!
At the workshop we also talked about how we can organise ourselves so that we can have ideas, make plans, take action and look after what we’ve created. It was agreed that forming smaller groups for each section of the street would be the best way forward. These groups will be entirely voluntary, but will be a way create even more positive energy and to make things happen.
In the next couple of weeks I’ll provide more details about how these groups will work. It’s likely that each one will have its own Facebook group and a named contact to help with coordination. Of course, we’ll need to use other ways to communicate too (whatever the groups want) – but Facebook is a reasonable central point?
On Daubeney Road these “Green the Street Groups” will be:
- Homerton High Street to Ashenden
- Ashenden to Colne
- Colne to Melbourne Court
- Melbourne Court to River Lee Navigation
Off Daubeney Road the groups can form organically as the project grows. Already there is likely to be a group for:
- Ashenden: Glyn to Boscombe Close
- Ashenden: Boscombe Close to Adley Street
- Roding: Colne to Ashenden
- Roding: Ashenden to Homerton High Street
Perhaps someone can come up with a smart way to name these potential groups as the project grows?
I’ll be coming to the Play Street on Daubeney Road from 2pm this Sunday (March 18) where we’ll have a big map for sharing even more ideas and I’ll be available to answer any questions.
The project really kicks off at our first “Sprint Weekend”. Taking place next week on the 24th and 25th of March, this will be an initial burst of activity to help get things going. On the Saturday we’ll be having a Make & Take day at Daubeney Primary from 10:00-14:00. Do come down to help make some bug hotels and do some planting. I’m hoping that we’ll have a planter making workshop too. On the Sunday we’ll be getting together to make part of the community greener! Come from 12:00 with some clothes you are happy to get dirty. More details of what we’ll be doing will be posted here in coming days.
For more details and to let us know you are coming, please do visit our Facebook group here.
Finally… please don’t wait to make the community greener. If you’ve got an idea, do it and share what you’ve done in our Facebook group.
Let’s grow 10 x Greener!