We want to grow a greener Britain by creating or transforming green spaces across the UK.
Parks and gardens of Tower Hamlets are in need of tender loving care. An understanding has been reached to work with the council to achieve the aims and objectives of the community.
The Friends Group in partnership with the East London Garden Society plan to rejuvenate the public spaces of Bethnal Green – promoting gardening skills in the borough, improving air quality and better connecting people with nature, wildlife and the historical context of the neighbourhood.
We want to channel the rich diversity of the East End to breathe new life into the city. Much art is conceived and produced in Bethnal Green from Shoreditch to Victoria Park. Therefore, to celebrate Bethnal Green we wish to start a cultural festival promoting the locality to the wider world.
Blithehale meaning 'happy corner' is the earliest place-name for Bethnal Green – we must raise enough funds to make it a happy corner once again :) – to do this we need your help and support.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
It was found from talking to people that there was great interest in having an enhanced and improved area, especially in the conservation areas of Bethnal Green Gardens and Columbia Road. It was therefore decided we should all work together to make our voices heard on the matter of the environment.
The Friends Group (consisting of ‘The Friends of Bethnal Green Gardens’ and ‘The Friends of Columbia Road) has been constituted to put ideas into action. The aim is to improve, maintain and enhance the gardens of Bethnal Green which include listed buildings such as the Bethnal Green Library.
Levels of air pollution in London are high and public health is suffering as a consequence. The Friends Group want to work towards a pollution free city; creating high-quality green spaces for everyone to enjoy – convivial spaces, where the air is clean to breathe, where wildlife can prosper and children can play.
Steps to get it done:
Bethnal Green is an historic area going back to the middle ages from the times of ‘The Blind Beggar’ to ‘Mother Kelly's Doorstep’, a popular music hall song.
The ‘Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green’ was a Tudor ballad and tells the story of a poor man who gave a generous dowry for his daughter’s wedding. In one version of the legend which was published in 1765, the beggar was said to be Henry, the eldest son of Simon de Montfort, and was a soldier in the service of the king. According to the legend, he fell at the Battle of Evesham in 1265 and was found wandering blind by a nobleman’s daughter. She nursed the wounded soldier back to health, they fell in love and were married. His identity was revealed at the wedding feast of his daughter Bessie.
The borough seal depicts a scene based on ‘The Beggar’s Daughter of Bednall Green’, a poem in Percy’s ‘Reliques of Ancient English Poetry’ which was published in 1765 but probably dates from the period of Elizabeth I.
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