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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

FEATURE: Greening the land

Cityhippy often looks to the global when addressing green issues but today I feel the need to write about a project close to home. And regardless of where you live you can all help make this happen. No donations required, promise.

I live in a place called Letchworth in Hertfordshire and a local environmental regeneration charity, Groundwork Hertfordshire, are part of a larger National entry in the Peoples Millions.

Basically most of the funds from the UKs National Lottery are given as grants to various projects that benefit Britain or one its myriad of communities. The Peoples Millions is a TV channels clever of way of working with the National Lottery to give the people a chance to decide who gets some of that money by public vote.

Groundwork have entered the Peoples Millions with 25 projects called 'Safe & Sound' across the country, one of which is the Letchworth project. The projects all aim to help 'young people and adults work together to turn local eyesores into safe and attractive spaces for communities to enjoy'.

Improving 25 neighbourhoods across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and communally regenerating and reclaiming land back into an environmentally sound community-driven space is a noble cause and one we support.

In Letchworth they plan to turn what is essentially a car park into a green public space, a community space (see above picture). They get my vote. And hopefully many others too.

Please spread the word and blog about this. Please check back on friday when the phone numbers will be available so anyone in the UK will be able to register their votes for this superb project.

Ultimately this project is good for the land, the community, for peoples sense of empowerment.

We here at Cityhippy love this kind of work and will follow the local project if it wins the vote for the Peoples Millions.



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At 4:38 PM, Anonymous KW said...

Hey there!

Found your site while googling 'Not Easy Being Green', and thought I'd say hello. So, hello! And I second your sentiments about the car park idea - what a fab way forward.

At 6:25 PM, Blogger Scriv said...

a few days ago we chatted over buying ethically, and i just thought i would mention here that i've replied on your earlier post. i doubt you would of checked!



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