Engage Lambeth team up with Park Plaza Hotels to give local park a boost.

August 12, 2013

Park Plaza staff volunteering at Archbishop's Park

Park Plaza staff volunteering at Archbishop’s Park

Park Plaza County Hall, a major Lambeth employer approached Engage Lambeth to help them find a practical community project for a team of motivated volunteers to get involved with. Engage Lambeth run Team Challenge events that can lead to more sustainable, on-going partnerships between businesses and community organisations.

Friends of Archbishop’s Park look after a small open space that is right on the doorstep of Park Plaza County Hall. This park is an incredibly valuable resource for the local community and is one of Lambeth’s 11 Green Flag Award-winning parks. The Friends of Group were incredibly keen to develop a partnership with Park Plaza, and to get some extra support with key tasks in preparation for the summer.

The volunteer team worked hard all day gardening and planting to improve the environment of Archbishop’s Park. It was a great opportunity for them to give back their local park and to work together as a team to make a difference.

As a local business we fully appreciate all our green spaces and were delighted to give something back to the wonderful community of Lambeth. Engage Lambeth were a fantastic support in finding us a suitable volunteer opportunity. Thanks for your help and hard work!

April Martel, Park Plaza Hotels

The Lambeth Country Show is nearly here!

July 16, 2013

Bertie Bulb with Councillor Walker

Bertie Bulb with Councillor Walker

It looks set to be a beautiful weekend and we are very much looking forward to talking to lots of you and hopefully, finding the odd half hour to enjoy some great music and delicious food!

This year, you’ll find us in the picnic and markets area in marquee P23, where we’ll have information on all of your recycling and waste services. If you have any questions, please take the opportunity to come and have a chat with us.

As well as information on current services and the changes coming in the autumn, we’ll have:

Have a look at the compost bins you can purchase through our subsidised scheme. Starting at just £11.98, they’re a great way to deal with garden and some food waste at home. Come and check them out for size, speak to us about how to start composting and see the results from our office compost bin.

Real Nappies
We’ll have a sample of our Real Nappy Pack, so you can see the different types of reusable nappies, find out how they work, how easy they are to use and how to apply for your own starter pack.

Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre
Come and find out about the recent improvements to the site, which include a new green roof and see examples of how the items you donate for reuse have a positive impact in the local community.

We’ll also have plenty of information about your Local Recycling Points, how to get involved with Depaving, the new food waste service, free no junk mail stickers and rumour has it that Bertie Bulb is making an appearance!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Calling for leftover decking or floor boards!

March 27, 2013

This is a picture of Lambeth Council’s very own Khemissi, who is pointing out what a difference this tree-pit planter will make when it’s been filled with compost and some nice plants. You might have seen some of these already – we’ve helped residents all over the borough make quite a few of them as part of our Community Freshview programme.

Unfortunately we’re now coming to the end of our supply of suitable wood, so we’re appealing to people who might have some spare decking or floor boards left over from gardening or renovation projects. Do you have any, or do you know someone that has? Instead of taking up space in your shed or spare bedroom they could be helping to brighten up Lambeth’s streets!

If you have any suitable leftovers or off-cuts please send an email to Freshview@lambeth.gov.uk giving a description of the wood and a rough estimate of the amount. If you can send a photograph as well, all the better. We’ll then get in touch and if the wood is suitable we’ll arrange to come and collect it.

Or perhaps you’d rather organise your own Community Freshview? Get in touch using the same email address and we’ll help you arrange it. We’ve even got a Facebook page to help with inspiration: www.facebook.com/CommunityFreshview.

Can you help to design a new project with Lambeth Council?

March 12, 2013

Sky_002We’d like to invite you to a workshop on Saturday 16 March to help us design and develop a ‘street leader’ or ‘street friends’ scheme. Many other boroughs and cities have street leader schemes where people volunteer to look after their street by reporting environmental issues or dealing with them directly using tools and materials provided by the council. We could just copy those schemes, but Lambeth is unique! In the spirit of co-operation and co-production we want to find out from you exactly what sort of scheme would bring the most benefit to Lambeth’s communities.

You’ll help us answer questions such as:

·         What sort of scheme do people want?

·         How can the council support people to take care of their street?

·         How can we promote the scheme so that it involves as many people as possible?

Apart from helping us to design the best possible scheme, the workshop will offer a unique opportunity for you to meet a very friendly bunch of like-minded people. It will be very informal, there will no doubt be some fascinating conversations, and we’ll provide some lunch.

The workshop will be in a meeting room in the White Lion at 232 Streatham High Road, from 11am until 5pm. If you wish, you can attend just part of the day – please email Freshview@lambeth.gov.uk for more details so that someone from the team can get in touch with you.

If you can’t make any of it, please forward this on to friends or neighbours who you think might be interested.

Charlie Dimmock sows the seeds for Lambeth’s first Green Schools programme

October 26, 2012
Charlie Dimmock with Children at St Bedes

Charlie Dimmock with Children at St Bedes

Yesterday saw gardening expert Charlie Dimmock launch Lambeth’s first Green schools programme at St. Bede’s RC infant and nursery school in Thornton Road.

St Bede’s is the first school in Lambeth to be eligible to receive a grant of up to £1,000 through Recyclebank’s Green Schools programme . The school intend to use the money to revamp their secret garden creating a space for children to grow their own fruit and vegetables and learn about plants and wildlife.

Through the Recyclebank scheme, residents on Lambeth estates can earn reward points for recycling. For every 200 points donated to St Bede’s, Recyclebank will donate £1 towards the secret garden project.

At the launch, Charlie Dimmock explained why she was happy to get involved: “I was so pleased to be invited to launch such an exciting initiative. Children’s interests and perceptions are formed early on in life and I think it is vital that we educate them on wildlife and the environment at a grassroots level. I may be biased but I believe that gardening is also loads of fun and a great activity to get children outdoors and interacting with nature.”

If you would like to donate your points to the project, you can find out more on our website . It’s not too late to register, if you haven’t already. You have until the 9th December to donate your points.

Depaving comes to Lambeth!

October 16, 2012

We worked with residents of Reedworth Street in Kennington to carry out the UK’s first specifically designed depave.

40% of the paving on the driveways of the two properties was removed and replaced with gravel and soil, creating new areas for planting while still allowing the residents to use the space for parking.

Driveway before depaving










Why depave?

An area equal to that of seven Hyde Parks has been lost to concreted front gardens in London. Depaving allows water to soak back into the ground naturally rather than run-off as it does from concrete. Once the water has soaked through the soil and gravel, it helps to replenish groundwater supplies and can also help to reduce the risk of flooding.

Depaving also contributes to reducing the urban heat island effect and when the depaved area is planted, you will see other benefits such as a reduction in CO2 and airborne pollutants. It also enhances the street scene.

Would you like to depave?

If you are interested in depaving part of your property we can provide advice and help with materials, tools and waste disposal.

We will be promoting depave through Community Freshview, however if you or a group of residents or community group would like to discuss undertaking a depave, please call 020 7926 9000 or email environmentlambeth@lambeth.gov.uk.

For more information please visit www.depave.org. or see a case study of the work carried out on Reedworth Street.

Free composting workshops for Lambeth residents

October 3, 2012

If you’d like to learn more about composting, why not come along to one of our free workshops.

Our very own Compost Doctor will give a presentation about the composting process and offer advice on how to get the best from your compost bin.  Attendees will also visit the Shakespeare Road garden (weather dependent) to see our own compost bins for a practical demonstration.

Topics covered will include:

  • Choosing the right bin
  • Getting the balance right
  • Composting do’s and don’ts
  • Composting at home and in community gardens

It’s a great opportunity to see the composting process and to receive advice from an expert.

There are two sessions available and they are open to all Lambeth residents and community groups.

Please note that these sessions have been postponed. Please keep an eye on the blog for the rescheduled dates.

Friday 19th October – 1-3pm

Saturday 20th  October– 1-3pm

In the meantime, you can receive help and advice from the Compost Doctor at anytime by emailing compostdoctor@lambeth.gov.uk.

Both workshops will take place at our offices on Shakespeare Road, SE24 0PZ.

To book your free place, or request further information please contact the Compost Doctor by emailing compostdoctor@lambeth.gov.uk