Yesterday we held a Community Greening Day on Limestone Walk in South Thamesmead. We had local people come out and get their hands dirty to bring colour and life to their streets in the first of a series of community greening days.
Residents helped us to plant roses, honeysuckle, ferns and grass in planters recently installed along Limestone Walk. As part of National Nest Box Week residents also built birdboxes for the upcoming Blue Tit nesting season.
The project is part of Peabody’s £10m programme to improve the green spaces around resident’s homes. The first phase of work will see extensive improvements to four courtyards in Southmere Estate and nine courtyards and several streets in Parkview Estate. Our landscape contractor, idverde, is putting in new planting, create play areas for children and replace paving and lighting to make the areas more enjoyable for the local community.
On hand to provide expert advice was our gardener-in-residence Kat Wojnar, who is part of the Making Space for Nature programme, which encourages local people to celebrate and develop Thamesmead’s many nature resources.
Public Realm & Landscape Manager in Thamesmead, Desiree Shepherd from Peabody, said: “It was great to see so many people of all ages come to pitch in and produce some fantastic planting that’s really going to enhance their neighbourhood.
“We depend on nature and it’s deteriorating more rapidly than ever because of climate change, which is why community events like this are so important. They also bring more colour and variety to Thamesmead and complement the great green spaces we have to enjoy in the town.”
Our next community planting day is on Saturday, 29 February. If anyone wants more details about this or future events please contact our gardener-in-residence Kat Wojnar at [email protected] or visit our 'what's on' section.
We hope to see you there next time!