Council’s community engagement initiative is shortlisted for a national award from Keep Britain Tidy

Published: 18 December 2019

An environmental initiative led by Redbridge Council’s Neighbourhood team is in the running for a top national award thanks to its huge success in the community.

Beating off competition from local authorities across the country, the council’s ‘Attractive Streets’ project has been named as one of the finalists in this year’s Keep Britain Tidy Awards.

The project empowered communities across the borough to get involved in helping improve their local environment, and is now in the running to win the environmental charity’s Community Engagement award 2020.

Under the project more than 70 community gardening groups were set-up leading to a range of gardening and cultivation inspired work around the borough including community clean ups, tree planting, starting community gardens and planting bulbs in public places.

Cabinet Member for Civic Pride Cllr John Howard said: “This is great news for both the teams involved, and the council. ‘Attractive Streets’ is just one of the many fantastic initiatives taking place around the borough aimed at improving the local environment and making Redbridge cleaner and greener for our residents.

“This particular project also had the benefit of bringing residents and communities together socially to play a proactive and hands-on role in keeping their local environment looking great. A big well done to all involved.”

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “I would like to congratulate London Borough of Redbridge on being shortlisted for one of our annual awards.

“We know that people want to live in places that are clean and tidy and local authorities have a massive role to play in this.

“We are delighted that so many authorities entered our awards and the standard was incredibly high. We look forward to seeing Redbridge at our awards ceremony in Birmingham in February.

The Keep Britain Tidy Awards will be presented at the charity’s annual Network Conference on Thursday, February 6th, 2020.

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