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Bring on the National Park City!

Posted by Nick Gardner on February 19, 2018

London as a national park city? No chance, surely? What was once a fanciful idea is going to become a reality. This month the scheme secured the support of the Mayor of London, members of the London Assembly AND the majority of London’s 654 local council ward teams (that’s a lot of backing!). All this means that the ... Continue reading »


A network of small public space community projects supported by Pocket Parks

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Harlesden Town Garden

Harlesden Town Garden is a small public park, situated in Harlesden, which has been neglected because of safety issues. For a long time, it’s been a place to dump things, a place to avoid and a place where people do things that they want kept out of sight – alcohol abuse, drug dealing, drug taking and prostitution. Lift, a local charity organised a consultation event, funded by Catalyst, a housing association, and Brent Council. HTG (Friends of Harlesden TownGarden) was formed to work towards and carry out improvements to the park asper the recommendations of the consultation. (See the consultation report at a result of the consultation Brent Council, supported by funding from the Mayor’s Pocket Park scheme, are improving the garden by;• Installing security fences• Replacing the multi-use games area• Installing a new children’s play area• Creating a raised bed area for growing vegetables.On completion, or during, this work HTG will set up a gardening club which will include three 8-week training courses for up to 15 people each year carried out in conjunction with Lift in their office. This will also include hands on experience in the garden demonstrating/teaching the practical aspects of preparing raised beds for planting vegetables and herbs, planning and making flower beds as well as routine garden maintenance. HTG will also be responsible for landscaping the garden; laying out and planting natural hedges to encourage wildlife, providing pathways and seating to allow walking and relaxation.

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Who has an enviable job? The PD Community Manager!

Our friends from the Global Good Awards wanted to do a feature for their newsletter on the importance of community projects. Who did they turn to? Project Dirt of course! Have a read of what our Community Manager James Baker had to say on how community projects can create real and lasting change, what makes a good project and how Project Dirt is helping those projects to thrive here.

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