The event was organised by our Making Space for Nature Community Fund partner Groundwork London. It was hosted by Ozge Aden, a local resident who successfully applied for the fund in 2021.
On the day she led a healthy eating activity which saw attendees using fresh ingredients to prepare simple meals that they could easily make at home. These included colourful salads and a flavourful bowl of humous with carrots.
The recipients each also had a chance to speak about their projects, the motivations behind them and their outcomes.
Jack Gower, Landscape Activation Manager for Thamesmead at Peabody, said: “The Making Space for Nature Community Fund has been an important initiative for local residents who are keen to improve outdoor and green spaces in Thamesmead. It’s also open to those who want to organise educational activities, walks or sessions to connect people with nature.
“So far 32 projects have been supported with each positively impacting the community in its own unique way. It was great to see so many of the recipients come together and speak to each other about their work.”
Harjinder Nijjar, Community Programme Manager at Groundwork London, said: “It’s important that we celebrate the individual projects that were supported by the Making Space for Nature Fund but we also feel we have an obligation to make sure that the recipients are aware of each other.
“There was a great energy from attendees and an understanding of the importance of striving to work together. It was great to see that people had shared passions, particularly around climate change, preserving green spaces and nature.”