Islington Greener Together funded projects for 2022
As part of its efforts to tackle the climate emergency and create a more sustainable future, the council launched Islington Greener Together in March 2022. The programme allows residents, businesses and community groups to help shape a more environmentally-friendly future by bringing their green ideas to life.
Having received 95 applications, 38 community projects are set to be delivered through Islington Greener Together, subject to public engagement and detailed feasibility assessments.
One of these applications was from local charity and social enterprise Artbox, an art school for people with autism and learning difficulties. Read more about Artbox’s project on our media site.
Cllr Rowena Champion, Islington Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Air Quality, and Transport, said: “This summer’s soaring temperatures were another painful example of the immediate impact of climate change, and of the responsibility we all have to create a cleaner, greener, healthier future.
“Through Islington Greener Together, the council is supporting and empowering local people to play their part by helping to create green oases in their neighbourhoods, to boost biodiversity and help improve air quality. We’ve received many fantastic applications, and we’re delighted to see local people from across the borough working together to reimagine spaces in their neighbourhoods.
“The 38 projects that are now moving forward will help to create a cleaner, greener, healthier borough, and will bring people together to maintain their lovely new spaces.”
Each of the 38 projects that have been allocated funding will be subject to public engagement exercises with the local community, to help determine whether they should move forward. The first projects are expected to be delivered by spring 2023.
The 38 projects are:
- Blackstock in Bloom - planters
- Greening Cynthia Street
- Thornhill Living School Street - urban greening
- Dead Space - planters
- Cultivating Cally
- Colour in Nature - raised planter garden
- Herb Garden - raised planter garden
- Robert Blair Green Up!
- Winton Community Garden - community garden
- Cleveland Road Parklet
- Elmore Street Benches and Planters
- The Almorah
- The Amwell Society 50th Anniversary Project - tree planting
- Mayton Street Parklet - raised planters
- Sussex Way Community Garden - pocket park / raised planter garden
- Therapy 4 Mind, Body & Soul - gardening
- Highbury Fields Play Street
- Cressida Parklet
- Hillrise Mansion Gardening - community garden
- The Goodinge Group Practice Garden Project - raised planter / parklet
- The Pollard Close Pollinator Planters - raised planters
- Community Herb and Spice Garden
- Herbs for Happiness - raised planters
- Gardens of Wedmore Improvement Project
- Bride Street Tree-scape - tree planting
- Roman Way Concrete Jungle
- Bloomsbury Everyday
- Community Garden Project
- Newington Green Triangle/s Project (Green Corridors x 2) - urban greening
St Mary's and St James
- Pocket Park
- Tree Planting
- Wakelin House Fruit and Tree Garden - tree and planter
St Peters Canalside
- Cluse Court Estate Forest Planting and Planters
- Planters Adjoining NNR - raised planters
- Rickthorne Road Planters - pocket park / planters
- Rickthorne Planting - planters
- Dalmeny Avenue Community Beds - raised planters
- Eco Elegance - compost
Applications closed on 29 April 2022.
For 2022 we are prioritising proposals which green up grey spaces on our streets, paths and estates. For example:
- food-growing areas for neighbours
- community orchards
- raised herb gardens
- wildlife corridors
- pocket parks and parklets.
As well as improving our outside spaces we hope that these projects will bring a range of benefits to you. These include bringing people together, enabling people to relax and enjoy being closer to nature and the chance to learn new skills.
How the process worked
Applications were accepted 2 March to 29 April 2022.
All eligible ideas are being considered by officers and the Executive Member with final decisions announced at the end of July 2022.
The council will deliver the first phase of projects by spring 2023.
Islington Greener Together Champions
Once the project has been delivered, there will be a handover and introduction gardening session and an opportunity of training, support and resources through our Islington Greener Together Champions scheme.
If you have any questions regarding your application for capital funding or would like to be added to our mailing list, contact GreenerTogether@islington.gov.uk.