GREENER CITY FUND – £5k to £50k grant available for tree and green space projects

Groundwork London were recently chosen by the Greater London Authority to administer the Community Grants aspect of the Mayor’s new Greener City Fund. Below is some information on the grant schemes. Please could you make your networks and contacts aware of the programme.
Grants of between £5k – £20k (small grants) and £20k – £50k (medium grants) are available. There are two strands to the grants programme:
  • Community Tree Planting Grants, to support community groups to plant trees and help improve access to nature through increasing and maintaining London’s Tree Canopy cover.
  • Community Green Space Grants, to give community groups and local people the chance to design and create new spaces, and improve existing spaces, by providing grants, advice and support.
The deadlines for the first round of the two strands are as follows:
  • Community Tree Planting Grants: deadline 29 September (just under three weeks), with decisions expected end of October for activities between November 2017 and February 2018
  • Community Green Space Grants: deadline 20 October, with decisions expected November/December 2017 and delivery between January 2018 and January 2019.
Information on applications is available at the link above, and in the Greener City Fund prospectus which I have attached.
If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact Groundwork London at greenercity@london.gov.uk.
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Get rid of your unwanted gadgets at Willesden Library

Mobile phones, digital cameras, tablets, headphones, battery-operated toys – were all high on wish lists this past Christmas.

As a large proportion of those shiny, new gadgets will be replacing yesterday’s models, the question facing their owners is what to do with the old ones?

Local residents have opportunity to declutter their homes of broken or unwanted small electrical items such as alarm clocks, toys, kettles and hair dryers.

In February, Willesden Library will be hosting electrical recycling events, where residents can drop by and get rid of any unwanted electronic items, in a safe and environmentally friendly way on the following dates

  • 6 February – 12 February
  • 13 February – 19 February

By recycling their unwanted items the owners are helping to protect the environment as fewer raw materials need to be mined for use in the manufacture of new products.

Gladstone Park Tree walk 16th June

Thursday 16th June, Gladstone Park Tree Walk, Gladstone Park Wildlife Group, 6.30pm
Lawrence Usherwood, Brent’s Principal Tree Officer will give a fascinating walk around Gladstone Park to discover some of the huge variety of trees there.  He is a mine of information on when they were first introduced into Britain, the uses of their timber, their rarity and benefits to wildlife.
To join the walk email gladstonewildlife@gmail.com

Climate Change March

Local groups will be joining the People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs on Sunday 29th November.

Brent Friends of the Earth are inviting people to meet up at Kilburn (Jubilee line) tube station (on the platform) at 11:30 am.

More details about the march in Central London see  here

For more about meeting up see here

Another huge casework win is still a hit on the doorstep today

Our team is out regardless of whether there is an election or not and when we visited residents in October 2010, we were able to show residents the real difference that Labour Councillors are making in the area.

What the Bermans Way / Leeland Way intersection used to look like
What the Bermans Way / Leeland Way intersection used to look like

On Leeland Way and Bermans Way, there was a huge dump that had been left there for years. It was an awful eyesore. We managed to get it boarded up and secured as soon as we were elected.

Residents were shocked to see Councillors actually delivering as they were used to the lack of any contact from Lib Dem Councillors in the ward before 2010.

Site boarded up

New waste collection system pays dividends in Brent

The new collection changes which introduced weekly organic and food waste collections and alternative fortnightly dry recyclables and landfill waste has seen a reduction in annual landfilled waste of 14562 tonnes.

tonnage improvement 2013

The annual saving, to the Council is £1,576,337. This will be even more as year on year, the Government is increasing landfill tax, which is what we have to pay to bury waste under mother earth. SO THE LESS WE DO THIS THE BETTER!

This puts us in a position of making savings without having to cut more services as Brent is disproportionately impacted by the Coalition’s cuts to local Councils.

We are further looking ways to divert waste and reduce landfill charges to Brent Council this year. We hope this will improve our savings further!

 

Neasden Clean Up Day a great success

Local people, social enterprises and local businesses joined up with the Community Payback team for a Neasden Clean-Up day. I brought along the leader of the Council and we both donned gloves and were issued with rubbish bags and litter pickers to help out.

clean up dayCllr Butt said, “We are delighted to support local people and businesses in Smartening up the borough”.

We managed to clear a lot of the litter that had accumulated around bushes and green areas on the approach to Neasden Shopping Centre. When we smarten places up, we encourage residents to use local shops and make the area more attractive to visitors.

Vijay Amin, of ABi Associates who have offices in the Grange on Neasden Roundabout and was the main organiser for the Day said, “The area was starting to look grubby. We organised the Clean Up to give an opportunity for businesses to work with the local community for everyone’s benefit. We will do it again in the summer by which time we hope it’s is a few degrees warmer. We want to thank Veolia for supporting us and look forward to their support in the summer”.

Roll of kitchen caddy liners to residents in Brent

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Brent Council is giving out free kitchen caddy liners to help people recycle more food waste. The free roll of will come with an information leaflet about Brent’s recycling service and a collection calendar for 2012-2013.

The caddy liners are made from special corn starch material and they’re being delivered to all households this month.

For more information, visit here – LINK