Creating a garden estate with a thriving environment

Around half of the UK’s population has easy access to green space and on Lancaster West, only 10% of residents have access to private green space​. The availability of high-quality green space can play a vital role in improving air quality and mental health and wellbeing outcomes, facilitating community cohesion and providing a space for social interaction and food growing initiatives. Furthermore, the greening urban environments can contribute to increased biodiversity, something that is increasingly important given that an estimated 41% of UK species have declined since the 1970’s.

How will we do it?

  • Turn grey spaces in and around Lancaster West Estate green​
  • Become a key part of the London Pollinator Network and Bee Superhighway​
  • Ensure every resident on Lancaster West has access to high quality green space​
  • Create an environment that protects and supports local species, with a biodiversity net gain from the refurbishment​

Progress so far…

  • Created new inclusive and accessible green spaces, and improving those that we already have, growing herbs, vegetables and fruit in our gardens ​
  • Developed volunteer opportunities for the local community ​
  • Worked with partners to ensure we support local species and biodiversity​
  • Explored the potential to install green roofs and walls wherever possible

Actions we will take

  • Plant another 2000 plants across the estate​ and create a new wildflower meadow
  • Secure additional funding to ensure that landscaping can be delivered as part of the wider estate refurbishment​
  • Create at least one rain garden on the estate and explore additional options for climate adaptation​
  • Support at least 50 residents and 20 LWNT colleagues to take part in volunteer gardening over the year