Residents of the Clem Attlee help out with work to improve the area
Clem Attlee residents with representatives of grounds maintenance contractor idverde
The Clem Attlee Estate has been given a green makeover thanks to help from a group of estate volunteers.
Working with Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s grounds maintenance team, they replaced tired old hedges from the front of the estate with bulbs and wild meadow grasses as part of a project to improve the look of the estate and boost biodiversity.
Residents are now enjoying drifts of colour as crocuses give way to daffodils and then alliums, to provide nectar sources for butterflies and bees.
Estate resident Glen explained, “We just want to make a difference. It’s great seeing things getting done on the estate.”
The team has also done some prairie-style planting, with water conservation in mind, at the back of the Jim Griffiths block.
“The hedges were blocking the view of the common spaces, making the area feel less safe,” said Cllr Sharon Holder, H&F Cabinet Member for Strategy.
“Now, bulbs are pushing up in the new grassed areas. It looks fantastic and I thank all the residents and volunteers involved who have helped us towards the goal to make H&F the greenest borough in the country.”
The work was done by the estate’s block champions – the enthusiastic residents who have joined the Clem Attlee Involvement Team.
Residents working on planting in the Clem Attlee Estate
The Clem Attlee Board was set up in September last year as a link between housing providers and residents. It meets six times a year and is chaired by Cllr Holder.
Next up, environmental improvements will be made to the bulky waste enclosure, including the installation of a green roof working with grounds maintenance contractor idverde.
Andrew Kauffman, who works for idverde, said, “I was out watering the estate this morning and it was great that residents were coming down and telling us it’s a breath of fresh air! It’s great to be involved.”
New residents are always welcome to represent their block on the Clem Attlee Board.
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May 17, 2021