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.
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?
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.
Organise a clean-up or set up a group
Over 750 volunteers took part in the Great British Spring Clean campaign across Redbridge between March- April 2019!
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 Litter Action website.
The "Litter Picking Hubs" project in partnership with Vision RCL enables residents to book and borrow litter pickers from one of five libraries including Redbridge Central Library, Wanstead Library, Fullwell Cross, Woodford Green and Goodmayes Libraries.
Check out the community litter picking how-to guide (PDF 693 KB) and borrow litter pickers from your local library hub by completing the online form.
If you would like to carry out regular litter picks or hold a larger clean-up event (10+ participants)contact your local Neighbourhood Engagement and Education Officer.
Don't forget to tell us know how you get on so we can share your fantastic work.
Tree pit planting
As part of our community gardening initiative residents are encouraged to adopt tree pits for planting wild flower seeds around the base of the tree. 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 wildflowers within the tree pit.
Applications must be received by 25 January 2020.
Redbridge celebrated National Tree Week between Monday 23 November and Saturday 1 December 2019 across schools and neighbourhoods.
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.
Alongside Trees for Cities, we 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.
Find out about volunteering opportunities and keep up to date by subscribing to our enewsletter.
Redbridge Big Bulb Planting Weekend
We encouraged the whole Redbridge community to plant spring bulbs on the weekend 18 to 20 October 2019.
In autumn 2019 we held a Big Bulb Giveaway for community groups which has now closed. We had over 100 applications for this campaign and those bulbs plus many more across the borough will be planted this month.
Look out for spring colour in 2020 and if you see some snap it and tweet us @RedbridgeLive using the hashtag #RedbridgeBulbs