Residents at Haseley End and Talmage Close in Forest Hill have completed the first stage of improvements to the green spaces on their estate after they were awarded a £5,000 grant from the Greater London Authority (GLA).
The funding bid, which was submitted with the help of our community relations team, was one of only three awarded in Lewisham and was granted to transform the beds and encourage pollinators and wildlife.
To begin the greening process our environmental services team helped residents clear the flower beds. Then more than half of the estate’s residents got involved by sticking to a socially distanced rota that allowed them to commence with the improvements.
Resident Will Macgregor, who is taking part in the project, said: “In spring, residents came together to work in shifts preparing the ground, laying compost, sowing a meadow and planting out trees and plants. Although the pandemic meant we were able to do less than originally planned, the beds and meadow have flowered throughout the summer and we’ve had lots of positive comments from other residents and passers-by.”
The second stage of improvements will be carried out on a community planting day in October. Well done to all of the residents involved!