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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.