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Victoria Park crowned the UK’s favourite park

Victoria Park crowned the UK’s favourite park

Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets has been crowned the nation’s favourite park in this year’s People’s Choice Awards. Now a two-time winner of the prize, it was awarded best park in the country with a record-breaking 32,694 votes being cast in four weeks. EastLondonLines went to find out why Vicky…

Wandle Park shortlisted for “exceptional design” award

Wandle Park shortlisted for “exceptional design” award

One of Croydon’s most remarkable parks has been shortlisted for an award that recognizes exceptional landscape design and architecture. Wandle Park is running for this year’s Landscape Institute Award in the category  for large-scale public development. The Landscape Institute is the Royal Chartered institute for landscape architects. They work to…

‘Stop the Incinerator’ campaign’s judicial review is threatened through lack of funds

‘Stop the Incinerator’ campaign’s judicial review is threatened through lack of funds

“Stop the Incinerator”  campaign’s judicial review, of Croydon and Sutton councils, is under threat due to a lack of funding. After six years of campaigning, Green Party activist Shasha Khan and other campaigners were expecting to start the judicial review against the Beddington incinerator scheme tomorrow at the High Court…

Petition calls on Hackney to tackle dangerous towpath

Petition calls on Hackney to tackle dangerous towpath

Campaigners are asking the council to tackle the danger of aggressive cycling on the Regent’s Canal towpath. Susan Laker, 26, accountant, said: “I haven’t used that path in a very long time because I’d rather make a detour than get squashed by cyclists.” An anonymous petition, currently circulating online, calls…

New community pocket park now open in Lewisham

New community pocket park now open in Lewisham

Residents and visitors to south Lewisham have a new green space for relaxation and play following the opening of a new pocket park for the area. Peter Pan’s Park was developed by Phoenix Community Housing, with school children and soldiers also volunteering their help.  Soldiers from Catford’s 221 Field Regiment gave two…

The Food Assembly farmers market launches in Lewisham

The Food Assembly farmers market launches in Lewisham

A new pop-up farmers market that allows consumers to buy local products directly from producers has launched in Lewisham. The Food Assembly, which opened on October 2 at the Railway Telegraph in Forest Hill, saw over 10 producers set up stalls to present their locally produced foods and offer information…

No smoking near children in Hackney’s Clissold Park

No smoking near children in Hackney’s Clissold Park

Hackney Council has introduced smoke-free zones in the parts of Clissold Park used extensively by children. This extends the existing smoking ban operating in the play areas of 13 major parks across the borough. The smoke free zone seeks to avoid children being exposed to smoking as, according to Hackney Council,…

Croydon garage owner fined £7,000 for fly-tipping

Croydon garage owner fined £7,000 for fly-tipping

  A South Croydon garage owner has been ordered to pay almost £7,000 after being found guilty of illegally dumping trade waste and old car parts. Ramiz Laci, 39, of Haling Park Road, pleaded guilty to two offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 5…

Exploring new ideas for the Urban Garden in Dalston

Exploring new ideas for the Urban Garden in Dalston

An ‘Urban Garden’ event was held this week at Dalston Roof Park and featured many gardening activities and debates on urban agriculture and design. Little Bee Community and Bootstrap Bee Garden the organisers of the event on July 17, have been working to encourage more green spaces, help bees and share…

Tree preservation group win against insurance company

Tree preservation group win against insurance company

Hackney Council issued a Tree Preservation Order after a local campaign group worked relentlessly to save a row of mature and rare trees from being felled by Zurich Insurance Group. The campaigners, coined the ‘Crabtrees’, are a group of neighbours from Cranwich Road in Hackney. The group was formed over…

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