Elam Street Open Space Community Project

Environmental education / practical nature conservation project based in small park in Loughborough Junction funded by Western Riverside Environmental Fund.

This is a partnership project with One Planet Ventures and is their first nature conservation / environmental education project. The project is based in a small park close to our office in Brixton, Lambeth, London. The project is run under the management of Embrace Cooperation Ltd staff on behalf of One Planet Ventures.

This project shall started January 2014 and through this partnership project with One Planet Ventures, we hope to gain close ties to the local community and also improve the features of Elam Street Open Space both for local community and wildlife.

Free project activities include:

  • Planting boggy / pond area
  • Nature Identification sessions • Wild food activities
  • Fun interactive environmental education sessions
  • Forest school sessions • Wildflower meadow creation
  • Preparing and planting edible wild plant plugs / seeds
  • Planting native hedgerow around park borders • Pruning of trees and shrubs
  • Planting wooden platform areas with wildflowers or trees

Project activities shall be run in partnership with various wildlife and nature conservation experts. Including professionally trained staff from

Also free tailor made nature / outdoor session for local community groups and schools can be arranged and run at the site by DBS checked staff as part of this project.

Elam Street Open Space has lots of potential it’s already a Local Wildlife Site (SINC = Site of Importance for Nature Conservation) and is within an Area of Deficiency for Access to Nature. The site is located in a deprived urban area with limited green spaces through the project we aim to increase the variety of UK species habitats in Elam Street Open Space.

Project Benefits for local community:

  • Having a safe, balanced and diverse nature site will help the local community to stay healthy and active
  • Increase knowledge and use of the site’s facilities (both natural and man-made, such as the “Green Gym” and playground)
  • Increase the use of the site by planting native plants and edible plants will make the site more attractive and will increase its use. This may also help to change the site’s status from “Local SINC” to “Borough SINC” with habitat improvements and greater community volunteering opportunities
  • Through the edible food planting activities, we are increasing the provision of sustainable, free and healthy food that can be sourced locally. Project events will teach people how to source and use the foodstuff grown on-site (i.e. when, where, what can be eaten as well as offer advice on preparation and consumption)
  • Involving current and future generations (school children) in fun nature activities, making children relate to their natural environment. Showing teachers/ youth workers/ community group leaders activities which they can continue after grant-funding finishes
  • Ensuring that the nature site contributes to local CO2 absorption and retains is status as a green oasis (surrounded by urban estates)