Upcycled Plastic bottle canopy - I want to create a colourful plastic hanging canopy between the lamp posts, collected and painted by the local school kids & residents to hang between the existing lamp posts that frame the the square. > It can engage all the local community to collect plastic > Plastic awareness/how much we throw away in just 1 small community > all the kids can paint something showing their creativity. > upcycling - trash to something visually rewarding This will inject much need colour & inspiration into the dull square. Solar lights throughout will provide extra lighting at night and improve safety as well as being beautiful. Plant more trees, flowers veggies & herbs. Improve air quality, insect & bird life. Planters can be upcycled by the community/kids from old tyres/palettes Upcycling workshops for seating & planters Install a language board illustrating the diversity of the area with 'hello, how are you?, my name is, thank you' in all the local languages.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The globe Town Market Square is a central hub for school children, families & business owners, and it feels like the end of world when you pass through it. The children all gather there after school, buy their snacks and throw their rubbish on the floor despite the bins provided. I believe that if this area was improved, while involving these kids, they would take more pride in their area, improving social behaviour. Once made more beautiful, it would increase the current 2 market traders, be the hub for many street picnics/parties/project/arts/events/celebrating local talent, getting people to reach out, & support each other, creating a platform to bring this amazingly diverse community together, especially in a time of unsettling unrest from Brexit. The added plants would improve air quality, insect and bird life & understanding & importance of urban gardens. It would inspire children and adults, create wonder and happiness, improve attitudes & behaviour, and community spirit.
Steps to get it done:
The kids from the area that gather here after school need more to be inspired by. I want to see ongoing upcycling and recycling projects for after school, using old crate pallets from the shops/old tyres from the taxi repair shop, to create benches and chairs for everyone to use around the square. Learning practical skills via various workshops, understanding the environment and the need to take action. Increase awareness of the damaging effects of plastic and rubbish and create mini upcylcling and clean up projects, including the surrounding canals. Inspiring locals to say no to plastic & Inspire everyone to take pride in their area and ignite a desire to want to keep it clean and beautiful.
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Hello everyone! I just wanted to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone that has supported this idea, and backed it!! It is really picking momentum, so a heart felt thank you from me, Kerry. I will be organising a big group chat/meeting in the square shortly, to talk about this idea, get as many of your ideas as possible, and a chance to talk openly about it, and what everyone can do. This is most certainly a community led project, not about gentrification, so in order to avoid gentrification, we all need to own this, reclaim this space that belongs to the community, and make it great again. I shall keep you all informed as to when that meeting will be. Please tell as many of you friends as possible and keep sharing and backing this great project! Thank you so much again! Kerry :)
You couldn't get a nicer, more friendly guy on our awesome Roman Road. Everyone knows Mehmet, his smile, kindness and incredible food and produce in the area. He and his family are key people in this area and community, and have been looking for and wanting something like this, for some time now. As he says, We can all benefit from it! Thanks Mehmet :)