The East London Garden Society
Annual Report ‐ December 2017
My Challenge, is for there to be an understanding amongst everyone, that helping the environment is to engineer schemes whereby people learn to grow in effective ways.
Trying to make authorities understand the benefits brought to an individual through gardening and providing suitable growing areas, is challenging. Admittedly, platitudes are given by the authorities to embrace the vision but there it ceases. Having dealt with most local authorities in East London, I find it incredible that many of those appointed to positions of authority who could push forward an environmental agenda, have no qualifications or experience for this purpose; consequently, the environment in some boroughs is ignored.
What brought me into the gardening world of East London was a council decision to grass over flowerbeds as a cost cutting exercise. In addition, a previously designed garden for the local community was being used as a rubbish dump. Nothing much has changed since 2006 and overbearing ignorance is still the order of the day.
Recently, we as a community entered the framework of the law by means of ‘The Localism Act 2012’. For the parks and gardens to be better presented, all we received was total denial by The London Borough of Tower Hamlets, so the matter has now been referred to National Government for adjudication. This is because the garden services, which we the residents pay for, should at least have gardeners.
But, the fight carries forward to 2018. For example, to tax vehicles more for entering London as a solution to improve the environment and air pollution, is utterly unbelievable. The funds produced from this levy then enter the general fund for all purposes and are not used to increase efforts for the betterment of our environment.
As we all know, London is no less burdened with traffic than when the congestion charge was introduced. Surely one way is to encourage all to grow, not treat the present green infrastructure, trees, parks, gardens, as enemies.
I wish all who read this a Merry Christmas, as well as a very Happy and Prosperous New Year in 2018, during which we will, perhaps, advance further in protecting our parks and gardens.
Geoff Juden (Chairman)