Spruce up your neighbourhood

On this page you will find ideas about how you can make your neighbourhood a cleaner and more vibrant place that everybody can take pride in.

Please note that you must contact us for permission before undertaking any of the activities listed below to ensure that we can put the correct measures in place.

Community gardening

Do you live near a bare or unloved bit of land? Do you have an idea about how your community can bring it to life? Why not get together with family, friends and neighbours to start planting on your street or in your local neighbourhood?

Community garden application


1. Identify your garden and create your group
Identify the area you want to adopt as your garden, confirm your group and a lead gardener. Decide what sort of garden you would like and how it
will be used and maintained. You must agree to maintain the garden for a minimum of 12 months.
TIP: If you would like advice and ideas visit the Royal Horticultural Society website on www.rhs.org.uk - you can also register your community garden so locals can find you.

2. Adopt your garden
Complete our online application form. If your application is successful, your Neighbourhood Engagement and Education Officer will meet with you and ask you to sign an agreement. The Officer will provide you with instructions on how to access seed funding for your project.

3. Promote your garden
Engage with residents and businesses around you for support. You can post on local social media pages or post flyers to neighbours. Think about how you might want to promote your garden and how you can secure further funds. We can put you in touch with other gardening groups in the borough to exchange knowledge and ideas. 

4. Brief your group and start gardening 
Have a plan outlining when preparation, planting and maintenance will take place, as well as a plan for individual gardening sessions. Complete a risk assessment covering any health and safety issues. We will be able to provide a template for this. Ensure all gardeners understand the health and safety
checklist. Take lots of photos as your garden grows and blooms to track your progress.

5. Share your progress
Tell us how your garden is progressing, share and promote your success with us. We would love to share your success stories online and inspire others on the Our Streets enewsletter.

To adopt a public space for gardening complete the community gardening application form providing details about what your plans are and how they will be delivered. You must adopt the space for a minimum of 12 months. You may be eligible for seed funding to get you started, however, we would encourage you to apply for other sources of funding

You can find useful information about community gardening on the:

To share your community gardening stories contact your local Neighbourhood Engagement and Education Officer.


Big Bulb Giveaway and Planting Weekend, October 2021 

The Big Bulb Giveaway is back! Get FREE spring flowering bulbs for your community and join the borough-wide Bulb Planting Weekend between 15 and 17 October. 

Following the success of the last two years, Redbridge’s Neighbourhood Team will once again be running the big bulb giveaway. This year we have 50,000 bulbs to give away to the community. This is a great opportunity to get together and green up to your neighbourhood.  

Bulbs need to be planted in spaces that benefit the community such as public shrub beds and raised planters, within the grounds of schools, community and faith centres.  

Applications for this year's giveaway have now closed. We will be in touch with all applicants in the coming weeks. Successful applicants will receive their bulbs before the planting weekend on the 16 and 17 October 2021.


Community litter picking

Sadly, not everyone takes responsibility for their waste when out and about.

Many residents do their bit for the environment and each other by litter picking in their own time, combining it with a walk for heath or even a run!

Residents are welcome to litter pick in their area using their own equipment but we can  lend equipment too.

Please ensure you state clear plans which adhere to current government guidelines when applying to borrow litter pickers.

Please let us know if you expect to collect a large amount of litter. In these cases, we will supply branded bags and arrange collection by our crews from a nominated place.

Please ensure that you send a request at least two weeks before your litter pick so we can make the relevant arrangements.

You will receive a confirmation email from the council to confirm when you will collect or receive the equipment. This will contain information about how to dispose of the rubbish as well as important health and safety information.

Litter Picking Application


Tree planting 

Redbridge celebrated National Tree Week between Monday 26 November and Saturday 8 December 2018 across schools and neighbourhoods. Residents joined us on the Lowe Hainault, Fields Park Crescent Chadwell Heath, Swindon Close Seven Kings and Wren Terrace, Tiptree Crescent. 

Trees For Cities carry out regular tree planting events in parks and schools. To get involved in their future events visit the Trees For Cities website.

The Council and Trees for Cities have secured a three year partnership to plant more trees and greenery across the Borough. Trees for Cities have delivered many projects over the years and are due to plant 15000 in the coming months. 

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