Redbridge wins national award from Keep Britain Tidy for community engagement gardening initiative

Published: 11 February 2020

An environmental initiative, led by Redbridge Council’s Neighbourhood Team, has won a top national award following its success in the community.

Beating off competition from local authorities across the country, the council’s ‘Attractive Streets’ project earned the borough’s Neighbourhood Team the Community Engagement accolade, at this year’s Keep Britain Tidy Awards.

The award-winning project was praised during the prestigious ceremony for empowering communities across the borough to get involved in helping improve their local environment.

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 fantastic news for both the teams involved, and the council.

“A very well-deserved win! ‘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.”

The initiative is one of a range of projects under the Council’s ‘Our Streets’ Strategy, which is dedicated to working with the community to improve the look and feel of the street scene in Redbridge. The aim is to encourage residents and visitors to the borough to use its streets in ways that will contribute to their health and well-being.

‘Our Streets’ works towards ensuring the borough streets are clean, safe and attractive. For more information visit: https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/our-streets/our-streets-strategy/

The Keep Britain Tidy Awards took place at the charity’s annual Network Conference on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

 

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