2019 has seen The East London Garden Society become well known for its campaigning on issues concerning gardening as well as the environment generally.
During the year:
I have been asked to campaign for the garden at The Bethnal Green Hospital, where Tower Hamlets Council has given planning permission for residential accommodation to be built. This will involve the felling of eleven protected trees, moving the Bethnal Green Mulberry tree which was planted in the reign of Henry VIII and the felling of sixteen mature trees; all to allow the developers to maximise their profit.
We have been at the forefront of making everyone aware of the debilitating effects of Glyphosate on the environment. This has involved working with Pesticides Action Network for the banning of all destructive poisons being used by local authorities.
We are working on a programme to have food waste recycled into compost at a local level in Tower Hamlets and Newham.
We are making positive moves for the creation of The Great Eastern Parks Route which includes The Shoreditch Forest Garden, The London Bee School, a five-mile journey encompassing Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham to experience a journey through nature. The Shoreditch Forest Garden has already been agreed by the developers of The Bishopsgate Goodsyard Development.
Towards the end of 2019 we were asked to be involved with the regeneration of The Custom House area where The William Paton Community Garden is under threat of development. I am pleased to say that we have made progress on the protection of this land, which has never been built upon, so ecologically is in good condition.
We are engaged with The Campaign to Protect Rural England to value our initiatives.
We have a growing list of people reading The Voice, our monthly online magazine, which has now reached 9,500 readers. If you’d like the Voice sent to your email each month, please complete the Mailing Form.
These are the major achievements of 2019 and hopefully some of these will bear fruit very soon. But for me, I am proud that The East London Garden Society is known for the work we undertake and will continue to work with others to achieve more during 2020.