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.


The Great British Spring Clean 22 March - 23 April 2019

In 2019, we're working with the community to help improve the environment alongside Keep Britain Tidy and #LitterHeroes across the rest of the country. We'll be holding a number of community events and encouraging the community to lead their own local clean-ups. We are able to lend equipment and bags subject to availability. To access equipment you can find details below.

Great British Spring Clean Community Picnics

Team up with your neighbours and families to clean up your front gardens, streets and local parks and come to celebrate with the rest of the community at our community picnics in Wanstead and Loxford from 2pm onwards. All community groups and residents are welcome to attend. Bring your own mats and snacks! 

Venue Date
Christchurch Green, Wanstead, E11 2RH Thursday 11 April, 2pm to 4pm
Loxford Park, Ilford, IG1 2QA Thursday 18 April, 2pm to 4pm

Register your interest for the community picnic.

Register to host or join a local clean-up event.


Organise a clean-up or set up a group

Organising a litter picking event is a great way to meet neighbours and send out a strong message that the community will not tolerate littering. To register your litter picking group or find a local group visit litteraction.org.uk 

The "Litter Picking Hubs" project in partnership with Amey and Vision RCL enables residents to book and borrow litter pickers from one of four libraries including Redbridge Central Library, Fullwell Cross, Woodford Green and Goodmayes Libraries.

Check out the community litter picking How-to guide and borrow litter pickers from your local library hub by completing an online form.

Don't forget to tell us know how you get on!


Community gardening- apply now!

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?

Check out our new How-to guide for community gardening!

To adopt a public space for gardening complete the community gardening application now - 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.

Perhaps you might consider growing fruit and vegetables in your community. Visit the Incredible Edible website to learn more about how others have done this across the country.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) website also has information about gardening and other useful resources.

To share your community gardening stories contact us here.


Tree pit planting

As part of our community gardening initiative residents are encouraged to adopt tree pits for planting. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring together neighbours and help your street bloom. Once adopted it is your responsibility to plant and maintain the tree pit.

Please note that we have considered applications for 2019. If you have any enquiries about adopting a tree pit please contact cleansing.services@redbridge.gov.uk


Tree planting 

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

This project was funded by the Mayor of London and supported by the CIL neighbourhood fund.

Also, Trees For Cities carry out regular tree planting events in parks and schools. To get involved in their future events visit www.treesforcities.org/Redbridge

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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