Rewilding and Reconnecting Britannia Village

by Pietro Fioretta in London, England, United Kingdom

Rewilding and Reconnecting Britannia Village
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On 4th April 2024 we successfully raised £40 with 2 supporters in 42 days

Run weekly community gardening sessions as well as promoting biodiversity in public spaces around the neighbourhood

by Pietro Fioretta in London, England, United Kingdom

My name is Pietro and I have been working as a community worker for West Silvertown Foundation for almost 2 years. Based in Britannia Village (Newham), our small community garden has been used as a space for the local community to engage with food growing, plant identification and the life cycle of food. We want to be able to continue doing so and to run weekly sessions open to all and build a long lasting relationship with the earth in an area where the built environment is slowly taking over. New high rise buildings, tunnels and road expansion is quickly replacing the few green spaces left in the docks area. The newly built parks with ornamental plants and lawns are effectively biodiversity deserts: they look green but they do not provide any real habitat for the urban ecosystem. We want to change that with alternative approaches towards how locals perceive and use the green spaces they have available. For us, this means looking after and experimenting gardening practices in which people actively engage with the earth and the life of plants, insects, and small animals relying on the urban ecosystem. 

More specifically, we will use the money we raise to run weekly gardening sessions every Tuesday; fix the side garden of Britannia Village Community Hall and make it accessible for the public during our weekly gardening sessions. In addition we will start a small-scale rewilding project to help repopulate the local bees population.

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