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Hooray! Plaistow Youth Market re-opens on the Greenway for monthly markets

Saturday 6th April 11-3pm and every first Saturday through to September 🙂

We are delighted that the Plaistow Youth Market, known as PYM, is returning to the Greenway on Saturday  6th April. It will run on the first Saturday of the month through to September.  This is following on from a busy January market at NewVIc where some traders sold out!

We have 15 traders booked for April.  We are delighted that Adam is returning with his delicious locally made jams.  Our youngest trader is Zara aged 9 will be there with her bead creations – she was one of the traders that sold out in January!

Lora Toma, our youth enterprise worker: “We are excited to be running six markets in 2019.  The organising committee has agreed that we will also be looking to expand the event this year and bring in other elements to make it even more of an occasion!  So far we are looking into Zumba dancing, board games area, Dr Bike, and planting activities with my Green Spaces colleagues”

See you on Saturday 6 April and tell your Friends!

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Come on Bats. Green Gym has made a lovely bat box and can make more!

We are having fun at the Green Gym in Plaistow’s Orchard on the Greenway every Thursday. 

Things we have done over the past few months: pruned, weeded and mulched the apple trees, cut back hedgerows, prepared the location for a rain collection structure, planted blueberry bushes, Mulberry trees, harvested herbs, wild plants and veg, tasted Orchard pestos and jams, and recently made the first bat box.

Loads more coming up: weeding and re-planting wild flower meadow, growing veg, planting sunflowers and nasturtiums along the fence, more bird boxes and bat boxes, watering, wildlife surveys, litter picks …

Every week we do a warm up at the beginning, cool down at the end and have a break for a cuppa, chat and some lunch.

The Green Gym volunteers are on track to become an independent group of conservation volunteers by the end of 2019.  More volunteers needed to make this happen,

Just turn up at 11 on Thursdays. Or meet us at the shed (by the hospital) at 10.45.   The Orchard is on the Greenway between Boundary Road and Prince Regent Lane, at the Boundary Road end. The weekly session is 11-2pm

Call 07957 534908 for more info.  Or email

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The Safe Zone pilot in Plaistow South re knife crime and gangs

PSBL has piloted a project that aims to work with young people on the streets, in schools, PRU’s, youth clubs etc to raise their awareness on how to keep safe on the streets and avoid, guns, gangs and knives.

REIN youth workers have been working since November and have so far contacted 50 young people, with 20 attending workshops that include deconstructing drill music videos and increasing street awareness.

Part of the pilot is to find local shop keepers willing to be a Safe Youth Zone place, if a young person needs to get away from danger.  So far 5 shop keepers in Plaistow South have signed up.

It is a pilot and part of this is working out the sustainability of the scheme locally as well as the wider impact on youth safety whilst on the street.  We are so glad to be involved in this bigger pilot which is part funded by the Local Trust, to do something practical to address gun, gangs and knives.

We hope to feature a couple of local shop keepers that have signed up in a future blog, and our Facebook page.  We know our local shops are part of community life and it is encouraging when this community spirit can be seen in action.  You can already see these appearing in local shop windows, and more will be coming. 🙂  If you want to know more, get in touch.

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The beautiful tree pit gardens on Tunmarsh Lane – first pictures and update

We are delighted that residents are taking over an unloved street corner and turning it into something beautiful and special! Following some inspiration from local resident Ian Noon and what we’ve seen happening in Hammersmith and Fulham, we have identified 5 tree pits. Four of the five have now been adopted.

Take a walk down Tunmarsh Lane. On the corner of Upperton Court West, both sides of the road opposite the Tunmarsh Centre and you will see them!

We’d love to hear your thoughts about this. Will it work? If you could take a look at this survey it will just take 5 minutes with 6 quick questions.

On our Facebook page and speaking to passers by while the gardens are being created, locals are DELIGHTED with this! Many more pics are on Facebook.

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Foraging for edible plants with Gardening Plus club 6th March


We are delighted to be running a foraging session for our fortnightly Gardening +  Club.  Be inspired by the health properties of the plants and ‘weeds’ on our doorstep.  

I am a keen forager and had the opportunity to attend a training course a few weeks ago inspire and encourage me to share with you all I know!

Wednedsay 6h March 10-11.45

Meet at the entrance to the Greenway Orchard (The Boundary Road end).

Do bring a note book, pen and a bag.  Come dressed for the weather! Hopefully we can share some foraged teas together too. 🙂

Milena Rouse, Green Spaces Community Worker 07388 406499




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Plaistow resident Ian Noon sows the seeds of change!

I met Ian in Autumn 2017 at the Barbers Alley, when we gathered to meet with local residents with intent to revive the Alley. It was clear then that Ian has a lot of great ideas, and is a plucky local himself…We met again at the Citizen Assembly last November, and struck up a conversation about gardening and growing, to which Ian exclaimed: “I reclaimed the tree pit in front of my flat in Baalam St, and the first shoots are popping up already!”

What a delight to hear that there are locals ready to take a positive action without waiting for the Council to approve it…I then shared with him that us at PSBL Green Spaces are ready to roll out a pilot scheme ‘Adopt a Tree Pit’, and that we identified a few of them near the junction of Tunmarsh Lane and Beaumont Rd. We have contacted Newham Council to ask them if they allow us to populate them, as well as to ensure that they are not sprayed with weed killer.

So- are you up for it? A small on-off grant from PSBL will be available to buy soil, plants and a small border. All we need from you is a willingness to grow and maintain your tree pit, water it in dry periods and show commitment for at least 12 months. You can treat it as your own mini-garden. This scheme is particularly suitable for those with no gardening space of their own.

Please contact Milena via e-mail on to request application form and to find out more.


Enjoying the fresh brew and fresh air with Noons…

Daffodils are already shooting up in Ian’s tree pit..

One of the resident-maintained tree pits in Hammersmith and Fulham.



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Wednesday Gardening Club + has exciting programme for 2019!

Thank you to all those who have been part of our Gardening Club this year.  We had a great finish with the wreaths workshop and that delicious Christmas cake, baked by the group the previous month and aged at home!

Here is the draft programme for January to March. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 10-11.30 in The Mix, Cumberland Road.   Text or email me for more information, otherwise hope to see you on 9th for mulled wine and gingerbread cookie making!  Milena.

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2018 Highlights video of our green spaces work!

Delighted to share a 3 and a half minute recap of 2018

Do take a look! Gardening clubs…. Wassailing & camp fire… planting sunflowers… foraging… tree dressing… solstice picnic…. outdoor play… harvest festival… tree planting… wreath making… and more!

We are always looking for ideas and volunteers.  Do get in touch.  If you are on Facebook, please Like our page 🙂

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Workshop on how to prune trees in Plaistow Orchard 24 January

Thursday 24th January 11-2pm. The weekly Green Gym to be led by Jack from the Orchard Project.






PSBL is  supporting the local weekly conservation volunteering on Thursdays.  It’s called the Green Gym. You can always just drop in to see what we are doing.

This week, on 24 January,  we will learn tips for pruning the fruit trees to get a good yield on healthy trees. 🙂

On other weeks our usual programme is: we collect our stuff from a shed at 10.45, arrive at 11, do a warm up and a range of Orchard tasks until about 12.45. We have lunch together (some fruit and biscuits provided, but bring your own to share) and a cuppa which is heated on a ghilley fire.  We then carry on with conservation planting until about 1.45, then clear up and do a warm-down.  It’s fun!

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Make a seasonal wreath for beautiful Plaistow front doors!

Come and enjoy a wintry workshop (in the warm!) working with beautiful, winter, evergreen,  local foliage to make a seasonal wreath. Wednesday 19 December 10am

We are keen to harvest Plaistow foliage and plants, so do bring along any greenery you have or can find (Holly, Firs, Buxus, Bay, Ivy) and any dried flowers that would look good.  We can supply all the plant materials, if you don’t have any, but do bring the baubles or other decorations you want to add to your wreath.

  • Wednesday 19th December 10am-11.30.  Booking essential (see below)
  • VENUE: The Mix, 1A Cumberland Road, Plaistow E13 8LH (next to the garage)

Children are welcome but we need to know they are coming.  Maximum of 20 people each session

The workshop will be led by our green spaces community worker, Milena.

Our Green Spaces work is as a result of resident’s wanting the green spaces in Plaistow South to be valued and improved and for the neighbourhood to be greener and more beautiful.  Milena and I are hoping that there will be some very beautiful front doors, that guests will learn new skills and confidence in working with plants and that there will be a greater appreciation and knowledge of the plants in the area.  Ros (the other green spaces community worker)

Here’s a pic of a Plaistow front door from last year…. 🙂

To book a place please email

or text 07388 406499 or 07957 534908.