Last summer we let you know about the first phase of the Haseley End and Talmage Close Greening Project in Forest Hill. We’re pleased to share that planting at the green space is now complete, and was spotlighted on the Mayor of London’s website this week, which reads:
Haseley End and Talmage Close Greening Project, led by local Lewisham residents working with Lewisham Homes, transformed 5,000 square metres of space across a housing estate, renovating flower beds and planting trees, a hedgerow and a new meadow.
But just as importantly, the project has provided a vital means for residents to come together safely over the last year, with 25 adults and 15 children taking part in socially distanced planting days and setting up a new residents committee to help look after the site.
Resident Katherine Bishop who worked on the project said: “During lockdown in spring 2020, working (at a safe distance) with neighbours on planting, watering and weeding really helped me to feel less isolated, and to love my neighbourhood more than ever before in the 18 years I have lived on this estate. I’ve got to know neighbours I probably wouldn’t have spoken to otherwise. Now we’re in a winter lockdown I can see the bulbs we planted in the autumn coming up, which is so encouraging, and I know they will do this every year for years to come. It has been a wonderful project.”
Another family who also participated, said: “As a result of the project we now look out on a lot of plants that are growing to make a wildlife hedge, and softening the edges of everything. There are flower beds and a wildflower meadow. We’ve organised a composter and birdfeeders. People who didn’t trust the change initially have since thanked us for improving the surroundings and taking pride in where we live.”
We’d like to say a big thank you to all of the volunteers involved, and to our community relations team for helping to coordinate the activities. You can see pictures of the garden on its dedicated Instagram account.