It is great to see the launch of Wild Wanstead, which seeks to make the area more welcoming for wildlife,
The initiative seems to have got off to a flying start with people flocking
to sign up on the website and start doing creative things with their gardens
and open spaces.
One initiative launched a few years ago involving Friends of the Earth and
Redbridge Council saw seeds provided for planting around the bowls of trees in
the roads around Snaresbrook.
I was part of that initiative, helping to co-ordinate distribution as well
as planting a lot of tree bowls in my own road. Others in the road helped out.
The results were pretty spectacular with the wild flowers really creating a
striking vista. We still have the remnants of that work but it would be great
to renew the plantings as well as spreading the work out to many more streets
The initiative is a bit like the excellent guerilla gardening initiatives
that Marion Temple has so successively pursued around Wanstead.
Wild Wanstead is about making our own spaces more accessible to wildlife, whether
that involves planting a tree, having a pond or a log pile.
We should also think more about opening up more of our gardens and drives to
nature. Too much of Wanstead has been covered in concrete. This is not conducive
to wildlife, so it would be great to see some of that concrete coming up and
being replaced with wild life inducing developments.
The Wild Wanstead initiative seeks to increase the green lung capacity of
Wanstead. It is vital to the environment in which we all live. It is also
important for all of us – old and young – to have that connection with the
earth. The feeling of contact with the earth is spiritually, mentally and
physically important for all of our well beings. Long may Wild Wanstead
For more info see: wildwanstead.org
published - Wanstead and Woodford Guardian and Wanstead and Woodford + Ilford Recorder - 29/3/2018