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Over 19k for London Sustainability Exchange (LSx)

London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) creates collaborations that address complex barriers in order to achieve the goal of a sustainable London. Working in partnership with business, government and the voluntary sector, they are helping reduce London’s carbon footprint while also improving the health and wellbeing of London’s most disadvantaged communities.

The group received funding for Project Lillypad to increase skills in gardening, provide opportunities for people to connect with nature and enhance connectivity within communities. In order to achieve this they intended to engage 45 households in the cultivation of small garden “patches” designed to support biodiversity and wildlife. They exceeded this target with 72 households and 120 people taking part. In addition to this, they also held 10 workshops and 6 events with other community gardens around London, with a total of 919 participants.

Some of those who took part in Project Lillypad provided feedback on how beneficial the project had been to them.

One respondent from Tooting Community Garden said:

“Gardening keeps you in the moment so anxieties are put to one side. It is peaceful and gives you a sense of achievement.”

Another participant from Putney Community Garden commented:

“I particularly like growing plants in the community garden as I can do it with other people and I learn from them. The plants I have grown in my house also make the place look nice and feel more relaxing.”

With the project having been successfully piloted, the group are now distributing the resources created (including a best practice guide) to their networks to encourage other boroughs to run similar projects.

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