Notting Dale, London W10 and W11
- Postcode Gardener: Being recruited!
- Hosted by: Westway Trust
The Westway Trust is busy recruiting its Postcode Gardener to work with the community of Notting Dale. The West London neighbourhood is densely populated and subject to heavy pollution caused by a busy flyover which dominates the surrounding streets.
Early plans are focusing on accessibility for all residents, with the team looking at creating green spaces for kids to play in, and other areas where elders can meet and relax.
As with all our Postcode Gardeners, bringing the community together and seeing the mental health benefits of collective gardening is just as important as the planting.
Nature can be a place to be expressive and reflective.
It’s also a great learning environment. I was working with some children not long ago, and I asked them if they knew where courgettes came from, and they named a supermarket. This partnership with The Co-operative Bank will help people increase their knowledge of the relationship with food and the environment.
I’d also like to see some of the green spaces that are neglected in the postcode to be transformed and for the groups to come together to and go on to do other activities. Government is doing less, so people need to be enabled to do more.
Chief Executive of Westway Trust
Nature is so important. We can have nature on our doorstep with a concerted effort, if it was considered in the infrastructure and design of our communities.
I’d like to get involved with more local garden projects. I’d definitely be part of anything that’s taking place where I live.
Local resident and business owner
Nature is a natural therapy. The local area needs more green spaces for us, and for the youth and the children. It encourages a better and healthier lifestyle increases our wellbeing.
I’d like to see introductory sessions into gardening. It’s important for children to learn how to sow seeds and grow natural products, especially now that there’s so many chemicals in our food. It’s important to learn to grow our own.
Lifelong resident and creative
A lot of children live in Notting Dale so it’s really important they have access to green space. They need more than just building blocks, motorways and roads. There definitely should be more greening and nature in this area – it encourages people to go outside.
When there’s green spaces, people tend to come out more, seat on benches, relax and take in the nature around them. It settles the mind. It’s good for the soul.
Worker in the local area
Protecting the natural world has been at the heart of The Co-operative Bank’s unique, customer-led Ethical Policy for over 30 years, driven by their customers’ concerns for biodiversity and the environment.
Through our partnership, we're putting Postcode Gardeners into the most nature deprived neighbourhoods, to bring back nature and bring communities together.