Friends of Tate Library Brixton (FofTLB) and Friends of Windrush Square (FoWS) have encouraged individuals and groups to contribute to their community with ‘Greening the Environment’ over many years. Brixton Society coordinated an Open Squares and Gardens weekend in the past and with more support we wish to carry on with this venture. We link to MPGA for free bulbs and Grow Wild for Seeds to enhance the planters and around the trees. The London Plane in the Square in particular was once recognised in theTop 20 London Trees.
We recently tried to improve our Square by installing and maintaining planters at Brixton Library, the former Tate library Gardens, and part of Rush Common which extends up Brixton Hill.
We undertake Gardening workshops and monthly ‘Greening and Improving the Environment’ events to mitigate against anti social behaviours. We encourage regular Square users to help. Success with the Mayor’s ‘Fund Capital Clean-up’ gained us a gardening hose and litter picking equipment to enable us to develop civic pride in a sometimes unloved area.
Individually, members enhance their community locally through other projects e.g. at Brixton Community Base, Brixton Orchard and Freshview Ventures.
We encourage volunteers from diverse communities to support the council. Some members link to groups such as Age UK Vida Walsh.
The forthcoming African and Caribbean Memorial to Service personnel who lost lives is to be installed and as a group we aim to enhance the Memorial by providing suitable planting.