The Herbert Road Green Oasis has been designed by local residents, volunteering artists, architects and community activists. It will comprise several planting elements designed to improve the environment and air quality of a polluted and uncared for area, transforming it into a space for people to sit and relax in a green setting. By planting species of trees and plants that decarbonise and attract insects such bees and pollinators, it will help the creation of a wildlife corridor to providing new habitat for wildlife, and enhancing biodiversity. It will also support the local council's 2022 trees by 2022 plan and Greener City Strategy as well as stimulate local conversations on the state of climate and ecological emergency, which Greenwich declared in June 2019. The Oasis will launch a 'Plumstead Gardener Time' type community gardening training programme for local residents for 42 weeks to establish the site and encourage the creation of green corridors and planting.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
As well as clear environmental improvements, the Oasis offers a range of community benefits, including: Enhancing health and wellbeing: increased exercise, cleaner air quality, and respite through urban spaces. When surveyed, almost 30% of respondents felt the project was important for their health and wellbeing. Better green space for residents: 62.2% of the Ward population live in a flat and may not enjoy access to a garden. Residents can enjoy the new green space, and offer time to help create and maintain the oasis. Promoting positive action: this summer, we planted sunflowers and Jerusalem artichokes at the proposed location. Residents quickly started offering help with watering. Within weeks, a rose bush had been plan and was watered daily. Encouraging time outdoors: gardening, on foot travel, or using the seating area.
Steps to get it done:
“Herbert Road has become more unpleasant in the 5 years I’ve lived nearby. Pre lockdown I walked along it every day…but it’s not easy, dirty pavements, litter and the atmosphere is sometimes intimidating. Any initiative has to be a good thing.” “I do not currently use Herbert Road…because of the way it looks and the unbearable anti-social behaviours. It is not a safe area. But it is one with great potential. Hence I support this project. I will be one of the users of the shops and services there, once it will feel safer.”
About the space
Royal Borough of Greenwich
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