I’ve been away for a few days and emails have been flying in, so I’m quite excited about the latest:
With John Ashwell, our local tree hero, back in town he’s been on the case for us and so far has enlisted help from LB Islington’s tree specialists who have already sent us a link to this vertical gardening site for inspiration: www.verticalgardenpatrickblanc.com
Places for People, the housing association that owns the land at the base of the wall, has won lottery funding to run a:
"multimillion pound "Green Spaces for People" project will see a consortium of housing providers, led by Places for People and including The Riverside Group and Peabody Trust, regenerate over 70 local communities across the country to create green community spaces"
Although it is highly unlikely we will be able to access any of this money as it is earmarked for a particular set of projects, it does appear to bode well that this landowner has an interest in greening urban spaces. Not only that, but Places for People have also:
Another LB Islington contact has sent in this link to a supplier of specialist steel rope to guide climbing plants – this is likely to be the way we go with the wall if we get permission: www.mma.gb.com
And a post graduate journalism student at City University has contacted us. She will be concentrating on writing artcles about Calendonian Ward and wants to feature the green wall project.
I have written to the owners of Lighterman House, 26-36 Wharfdale Rd, as it appears that they own the wall itself. I remain hopeful that they will give permission as they have shown their green credentials by incorporating a green roof into the soon to be completed refurbishment of Lighterman House. So, not assuming anything, but here’s hoping…
I’ve put up a little website about the wall at www.cookie.org.uk/greenwall. I’ll add to that as time goes by. If you have any suggestions, comments, want to get involved, or anything else contact firstname.lastname@example.org