Our Streets enewsletter February 2020
Published: 24 Feb 2020
Award Winning Snowdrop
Ok, so it wasn't the snowdrop itself.
But how fab that the residents of Galesway sent us this picture from their community planted roundabout just as our team scooped a national 'Community Engagement' award from Keep Britain Tidy.
This flower had been planted as a result of the 'Bulb giveaway' in autumn 2019 which formed part of our community gardening initiatives. We gained the KBT award for the ways we've enabled residents to green up shared spaces and get neighbours together, bringing a positive and eco vibe to our streets.
We would love to say a massive thank you to all residents who have been working together, with our support, to make our streets more attractive and environmentally friendly. If you'd like to get involved we are here to help get you started on a range of community based projects.
The snowdrop got a turn, so here some of us are after collecting our award!
(From left: Jo, Beau, Tracy and Marion)
Be part of the pick
We love litter picking. It gets people together, it improves our local environment for people, plants and animals. Most importantly it sends a clear message to the minority who don't use bins that our communities care and won't stand for our place being trashed.
Once again we have lots planned in Redbridge - join in!
Street's for playin'
Play streets are community glue! Get all ages of neighbours together, create a buzz on your street, celebrate where you live and beat loneliness by connecting people. The Neighbourhood Team are here to support you step by step with setting up a play street on your road.
Our first wheeled bin pilot is underway in a few selected areas of the borough. Residents who are part of the trial have been getting into the swing of the new routine, as have collection crews.
The idea of trialling wheeled bins is that research from around the UK suggests that they can lead to a cleaner neighbourhood environment as rubbish is more securely contained. It is also safer for crews to collect wheeled bins rather than bags which can contain sharp waste not properly wrapped, for example.
Meet parents who've tried
Our tree team have been branching out thanks to imagination, hard work and a successful Community Infrastructure Levy bid.
Neglected shrub beds on Cathedral Estate have been rejuvenated by a treemendous effort. There are hopes to get the nearby community involved in adding a splash of colour with bulb planting in the autumn. Hopefully more funding applications will be successful so that more shrubberies can become beautiful once more around the borough.