A pilot project has been running for a year already. Trees on the Green began in January 2015 with the construction of three Trees on Rushey Green in Catford, SE6.
Photos and videos on our Facebook page Trees on the Green.
In February 2015, the first displays on the newly constructed Trees celebrated Love & Valentine's Day. In March we dressed the Trees with daffodil windmills, messages for Mothers' Day, 150 shamrocks made by Holy Cross school for St. Patrick's Day & a hundred empty bottles for UN Word Water Day. In May we built a Tree of logs atop Hilly Fields for the Brockley Max Festival Art in the Park. A hundred children & adults drew messages and pictures which we laminated & fixed onto the Festival Tree. This Hilly Tree has been further festooned, with the help of local people.
The plan for 2016 is to build two new Trees on new sites - one from recycled metal, the other, recycled plastic or wood, again on public sites. Plus continuing to develop the current Trees
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Because people connect with the Trees on a day to day basis. Hundreds have already contributed artworks & messages for display. This demonstrates pride & wanting to be included.
Tens of thousands have seen the Rushey Green Trees - from, passing cars, from buses & those who walk past them every day. The decorations have been drawn & made by The Rushey Green Nursery, Lewisham Irish Centre's Mums & Toddler Group, Holbeach and Rushey Green, Olive Tree Moslem and Holy Cross R.C. primary schools, Holbeach Ptre-school & the Lewisham Toy Library. People comment on the displays: Maxie Priest, local musician, said he had never heard of World Water Day until our display, similarly the U.N. International Day of the Family. Very personal messages were written by people recovering from drugs & alcohol abuse during RECOVERY month (thanks to CRI). Also by LB Lewisham Crime Enforcement Regulation Office with a display for White Ribbon Day, where men pledge not to be violent towards women.
Steps to get it done:
Philippe Granger of the Rushey Green Time Bank wrote that: "The Trees have become a local icon".
In the early days, some passers by threatened to burn them down. But now they are regarded with affection.
Trees on the Green was inspired by the heaps of things that get fly-tipped around the Rushey Green area. To their credit, Lewisham Council do their best to stop this. Also local residents leave recyclable materials outside their homes. Using these very materials, plus timbers donated by SELCO, the first three Trees were made last January. The ambibiton then was to also build a metal & a plastic tree, but this was too ambitious.
We are now ready to take this on: these new Tree sculptures will remind people of the value of metal, hard plastics. We shall also encourage the recycling of paper, which LB Lewisham can more easily sell for recycling.
To date, volunteers have made this all possible, hundreds of man-hours contributed by the co-managers alone. A bit of people power.
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We want to grow a greener Britain by creating or transforming green spaces across the UK.
https://www.facebook.com/joe.grossi1/videos/10154207846364739/ We have a lot of support for these Trees and the Hilly Tree by Pistachios on Hilly Fields. Passers-by are consistently complimentary. We have about hundreds of Likes or my page and over 200 on the Trees on The Green Facebook page. So please turn that into fivers and tenners. To date we have received pledges from £5 to £100. Reaching our target is a tall order. So, please stand TALL and chip into our fund for the Trees on The Green. Thank you
In our own circle of family and friends, we have people who have died, who are struggling with disease and those who have recovered and thrive. We wanted to show solidairty with everybody affected by cancer and to send out a message of hope and support. Materials from Macmillan and Cancer Research UK. PLEASE donate to the Trees on the Green Project and help us to continue and expand the project for another year. Thank you.
People who walk through Hilly Fields have been writing messages and wishes for 2016. About fifty so far. Spring will be celebrated on this Tree soon. International Woomen's Day coming very soon also... FUNDRAISING Appeal begins today, 22nd Febbruary 2016. So that we can run and expand this project for another year