Parklets & planters
Greening our urban environment
Eilidh explains how we can all put our green fingers to good use .....
There are many things we can do to green our streets.
Planters can be used as filters to stop traffic going down residential streets - much easier on the eye than bollards or camera - and can be a community focal point too. The only example I can think of is at Highbury Fields, where planters are used to 'unite the fields'. We hope that many can be used in the roll-out of the People Friendly Street programme of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.
An enthusiastic pair of gardners in the north of the borough have been campaigning for a Green Parking Permit inspiringsustainableislington.org/residential-green-growing-permit/ and in spite of many emails, the council is currently proposing to charge what they feel is an excessive amount for a permit, putting off many people from creating a green oasis on their streets. Noone feels that it should be free to park an electric vehicle, a few pounds to park a hybrid car yet over a hundred to put a planter on the street. Discussions ongoing !
Adopt a tree-pit - sign up www.islington.gov.uk/recycling-and-rubbish/tree-pit-maintenance?status=inprogress , put a red ribbon round the trunk and away you go.
Community parklets - something which Hackney have but Islington currently does not; more information inspiringsustainableislington.org/comunity-parklets/ Just imagine a community parklet outside the parade of shops in the heart of Canonbury Village ..........