Month: May 2016
A winner today in North London. A real cross section of the community came along to feed into the designs for these big green stations. Overwhelmingly positive feedback on our designs and lots of new community interest including the local parish, the nursery next to the station and the horticultural college near Southbury. Exciting stuff! Looking forward to sharing the next steps.
The Energy Garden Internship taster session on Monday 23rd May at the Dalston Curve Garden was really excellent. Five interns showed up who were eager to learn, and we even had other interested members of the public approach having seen our posters and banners.
We introduced Repowering and Energy Garden to the interns at a high level and had them introduce themselves to break the ice before the internship program was outlined. Victoria, an intern from a previous Repowering community energy project at Banister House in Hackney gave the group some insight into her experiences.
During a group activity to design a sustainable city with lego, plasticine and markers the Interns were given a chance to think about the green issues affecting urban living. A debrief was given and some availability information gathered and the interns left, evidently invigorated by what they had heard and having gained more understanding of the project and what it is they would be doing.
Brilliant event at Hackney Downs on Wednesday the 25th of May. Lots of Hackney Overground staff joined with the Energy Garden team to talk to local community gardeners, residents and members of the public to discuss their ideas for the platform's community garden.
Main points of interest were hanging baskets, fruit trees, tea-herb gardens, a green screen wall above the stairs, themed beds, giant sunflowers and much more. Watch this space for the initial designs to get drawn up before we put them to the vote again. Well done everybody!
Brondesbury Park had it's consultation event on Sunday and was a huge success with local residents and the Station Manager working together to come up with great ideas for the station. Some of those ideas were:
- A tea-herb area
- A pond for frogs to keep those pesky slugs at bay
- Wood areas for hedgehogs
- Vegetable planting selections
Watch this space! Building starts in the next few weeks!