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Gardening Club Plus gets their ‘green fingers’ in Tree Pit Gardens on Tunmarsh Lane

Following a successful pilot of ‘Adopt a tree Pit’ initiative by PSBL Green Spaces and Streets team, five out of seven Tree Pit gardens have now been adopted since February 2019,thoroughly transformed with hard work and dedication by local residents living nearby, who also look after them.

Three months on, to give residents a helping hand with maintenance, Gardening Club Plus has expanded their twice-monthly meet-ups to now include  Gardening at Tree Pit Gardens once a month as well, so we are now meeting every 1st,3rd and 4th Wednesday  at 10 am for socialising and nurturing plants-and friendships!

The Tree Pit Gardens are now a point of conversation, passers-by stop to admire them, and compliment us on the gardens looking lush and colourful, people driving past and tooting their horns in support and even a few ‘thank you so much’ shout outs! The local dog owners have been very respectful too, as they do not let their dogs disturb the plants or leave ‘deposits’ when they curiously sniff around the Tree Pits.

Last Saturday,27th April, we also had our first ‘Tree Pit Gardeners’ meeting, where we discussed challenges of growing public community gardens (stolen plants, littering, fly-tipping, vandalising), and where to source out water for watering the Tree Pits Gardens during dry spells-and we came up with a great solution: Water butt to be installed in one of our Tree Gardeners front gardens, for everyone to use during the dry spells. The minimal amount of plants that grew ‘legs’ instead of roots has already been replaced by PSBL, and there are plans to sow more seeds over the coming months to keep the Tree Pit Gardens beautiful. Our next Tee Pit Gardeners meeting will be at the end of June, hopefully ending with the picnic.

There are funds available to transform the remaining two Tree Pits on Tunmarsh Lane (one in collaboration with Tunmarsh Centre and their Children’s Play group), so watch this space for more greenery on Plaistow Streets!

We also meet at The Orchard on the Greenway, where we are in the process of creating a ‘Herb Garden’, as well as at ‘The Mix’, where we shelter from cold and wet weather, and run cooking or creative workshops of some sort in winter.

 

If you are interested in getting involved- by donating plants and seeds, volunteering, creating beautiful and lasting legacy in our neighbourhood, as well as making new friends whilst doing a spot of gardening, please get in touch with Milena via e-mail on milena@plaistowsouthbiglocal.org.uk 

 

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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 milena@plaistowsouthbiglocal.org.uk to request application form and to find out more.

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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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Join us to plant sunflowers on the Greenway on Market Day

Wouldn’t sunflowers on the Greenway look lovely!

We are glad to announce that on the day of the first Plaistow Youth Market in 2018, you are welcome to join our Green Spaces community workers in a community planting activity.   We’ll have some happy sunflower seedlings ready to set their roots into their new home on the Greenway.   We will provide gloves and spades/trowels/watering cans – but we do need more.

Saturday 28 April @ Plaistow Youth Market, Greenway (Barking Road to Prince Regent Lane) 11.30-2ish

  • Bring wellies, trowels, spades and watering cans if you have them and maybe a deckchair. 🙂
  • Jobs to do: digging, preparing the soil, planting the seedlings, watering, staking out the area, put up the sign.  We need to find a nearby home to fill up the watering cans.
  • Refreshments will be on sale at the Market.

We’ve got the permissions and support from Thames Water and Newham Council and an agreement they won’t be mowed over when they are still small and  vulnerable.

Meet at the PSBL stall at the Barking Road end.  Children are very welcome with parent/carers.  There will be activities for all abilities/ages. For more information email: Ros@plaistowsouthbiglocal.org.uk or ring/text 07957 534908.

For information on the Plaistow Youth Market and if you want a stall or to help email lora@plaistowsouthbiglocal.org.uk or ring/text 07405 611338

With thanks to Thames Water, Newham Council and the Green Gym

The Plaistow Youth Market will be running on the 4th Saturday of the month from April to September from 11-3. 🙂