In reference to our previous post about the newly created space on the ¾ estate in Vange after a ‘temporary’ fence and a load of fly-tipping was cleared, here’s an idea all the way from South Norwood on what could be done with it: The Sensible Garden – https://www.facebook.com/The-Sensible-Garden-786327811482410/ Namely, create a community run pocket garden. If you take a look at this Facebook page, we’re sure you will be inspired to come up with some ideas on what can be done with support from people in the neighbourhood.
There are a fair few gains that can be had from creating and maintaining a pocket garden on an estate. There’s the boost to community morale from seeing a space that’s cared for by locals as opposed to yet another ready made site for flytipping. There’s the sense of camaraderie generated by a group of people working together with a common purpose. There’s the opportunity for people to express their creativity as you can see from looking through the Facebook page for The Sensible Garden. Also, there are the benefits of just being out in the fresh air and getting some exercise.
The space on the ¾ estate is small and as such is unlikely to attract external funding unlike larger spaces such as the Mendip Wildlife Garden in Southend – https://www.facebook.com/MendipWildlifeGarden/ Also, it has to be borne in mind that some elements at Basildon Council can sometimes be less than helpful when dealing with community groups! So it’s down to the community to come up with ideas for what can be done and the implement it. As stated previously, Vange Hill Community Group and Basildon & Southend Housing Action will be more than happy to facilitate any ideas for a garden on this space.