Tree survey update – results are in! Take a look at Thurlow Park residents’ favourite species…

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our online survey, speak to us on the doorstep or email with your ideas – we have passed on your comments and preferences to the tree officer who is busy checking locations to see if they are viable (in terms of eg wires under the pavement).

While we will endeavour to match the species with the location where they have been nominated, you may be interested in seeing how your neighbours across the ward voted:

Results from our online survey
Thurlow Park residents’ favourite species, with 32.9% of you saying the Prunus Umineko is your top choice for street trees

Last chance to nominate a tree for your street – deadline TOMORROW

We have secure dozens of trees to be planted in February across the ward – and we want your help to choose locations and varieties. 

To get as much input from residents as possible, we have put together an online survey, sent emails, met with residents associations, doorknocked on streets across the ward and delivered flyers to homes near potential new tree pits. 

Many of you have been in touch with your requests and ideas – thank you! These have all been passed to tree officers who will evaluate the suggested sites (eg for wires under the pavement) and will where possible source  your preferred trees from the nursery.

If you haven’t shared your preferences – now is your last chance to do so! The deadline for the survey is tomorrow Monday 10th December. Please let us know your favourite tree varieties and spots across the ward you think could do with some extra greenery, and encourage your neighbours to respond too.

Community gardening next weekend – get involved! 🌱

Join us and the Streetworks team on Saturday 15th at 11am to garden the circular bed on the corner of Harpenden Road and Norwood Road. The bed needs weeding, some digging over and some new plants added where some less scrupulous passers by have dug up and taken some of the shrubs we planted there a few months ago. 

Local volunteers, Councillor Anna Birley and members of Streetworks and the Norwood Forum planting the bed in May. 

We will be bringing some tools, plants and soil – but if you have bulbs or plants you would like to contribute or your own tools to use please do feel free to bring them along.

Better Streets

Back in November 2017 we wrote on this blog about the exciting work we were undertaking to try and bring about better ways to help residents improve their streets. It is hoped that with resident engagement we will help to make local streets a better place to live; whether through greening, more trees, traffic calming measures, and improving road safety more generally.

After much discussion with both officers and residents we have been able to secure a drop in event for local residents on Saturday 24 March in the Salvation Army between 12:00 – 15:00. 

Flyers like the one below have been distributed across Thurlow Park, and we invite you to attend to share your ideas. There will be light refreshments available, Officers will be on hand to answer questions, and residents can complete the questionnaire which will also be available.

If you are not able to attend please do complete the online questionnnaire (www.lambeth.gov.uk/thurlowpark) or visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/ourstreets to find out more. The consultation will close on Friday 06 April 2018.

Have you spotted the new poem adorning West Norwood yet?

Thanks to the amazing people behind PoetrySlabs, London’s first catalytic poem is up at the Bzz Garage. “A Rare Bee” by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has been put up on the bus garage wall (corner of Ernest Avenue/Knight’s Hill SE27).

Coated in magical nano-titania spray, the poetic banner silently converts noxious exhaust fumes into water that gently waters the bee friendly garden below. An innovative solution to London’s air quality crisis!

Flood risk reduction around Ardlui Road

A few years ago Lambeth held an extensive consultation to design a rain garden scheme to reduce flood risk around Ardlui Road. Following this engagement, a design was agreed, but unfortunately there was a delay in implementation. Lambeth is now ready to build this scheme and will be doing so in the coming months.

The changes form part of Lambeth’s flood risk reduction strategy, particularly relevant in this part of the ward because the River Effra runs underneath the streets and houses here. As the area has become more tarmac-ed and built up, rainwater runs off much more quickly down drains and into the Effra, which is now a mains sewer. If a large volume of water flows into the Effra all at once, there is a risk that it will overflow into streets, homes, gardens and basements. The proposed greening would slow run off into drains, because of more permeable surfaces, more plants to intercept rain and new sustainable urban drainage systems.

There were some concerns about the design of the scheme, and some residents were not part of the workshops a few years ago, so we will be organising a public meeting to discuss the plans with officers.

Some residents have suggested they would like some street greening on their streets too. We have looked at securing some additional budget to do this and officers are happy to discuss your ideas for Hexham Road, Tulsemere Road, Towton Road, Chatsworth Way, Lavengro Road, and Chancellor Grove. We will ask for feedback at the public meeting, once the date has been finalised, and you are welcome to email us with your thoughts too.

New allotment on Guernsey Grove!

Residents on Guernsey Grove wanted more space for growing and suggested to councillors that we help organise a community gardening space at the estate on the corner with Croxted Road. 

We’re really pleased to see that, following conversations with Lambeth Housing, new raised beds have been installed! We’re looking forward to seeing these planted up and full of fruit and vegetables (and will happily lend a hand with our forks and trowels!)