The Society is launching a campaign to encourage residents and businesses to take pride in our neighbourhood and become more actively involved in making Gunnersbury a greener, healthier place to be.
It explains the broad aims of our campaign and how residents and businesses can get involved.
If we all act at the local level to improve our streets, we could make a real difference.
Residents: Become a Street Champion!
Act as an ambassador for our campaign. Talk to neighbours, tell them about the campaign and get everyone, including children involved. Show how small actions, like planting a patch, a pot or window box in your front garden, can really brighten up your street.
Let’s come together as the local community to make Gunnersbury an attractive area. Work with us to green up your street frontage, improve the surroundings of your building and nearby public realm. An attractive frontage will be appreciated not only by local residents but also by your clients and employees and so be good for business.
Share your ideas and implement them. If you need inspiration or advice, there are many sources available. Close to home, we have the excellent examples of Abundance London and Air Quality Brentford.
- Abundance has been brightening up parts of Chiswick for some time with its guerilla gardening of abandoned patches and flower beds:
- Air Quality Brentford has achieved a range of local environmental improvements. Working with informal groups of local residents and businesses they had carried out several planting scheme such as that at Brentford Station.
There are many other on-line resources and we will provide more links here.
We are working with the Council, Hounslow Highways and other organisations on the greening and improvement to the public realm. Everyone can help by reporting issues such as fly tipping;
Despite the rain and wind, Gunnersbury is blooming!
Here’s a taste of some of the green gems to be found around our patch:
- A sea of poppies reviving an unused corporate area, thanks to some nifty guerilla gardening, and a riot of roses brightening up a long frontage
- Front gardens from private and shared spaces
- Walls, balconies and pathways bursting with summer blooms, and some crafty bin screening
• All sorts of pots and container plants brightening up pavements outside pubs and shop fronts, creating a more relaxed atmosphere on the busy High Road
• And somewhere cool for cats!
Gunnersbury Meanwhile Garden
In the Society’s ongoing work to improve our local area we have installed 2 new planters on the area across the road from the entrance to the Business Park.
This was funded from part of a Government “High Street Grant” awarded to Abundance London via the Business Services and Investment section (Housing, Planning and Communities) of Hounslow Council.
Abundance London is a voluntary organisation with charitable aims to work with local schools, volunteers, businesses, community groups and local government. They try and reconnect people with nature and protect it in an urban setting trying to create beautiful spaces, mainly through planting but also through art.
The planters themselves were installed by apprentices of Cultivate London from recycled pallets. Cultivate London is a charity that helps young people into employment via horticulture.
Together with an enthusiastic group of local residents, WCGS members and commitee members we planted up the raised beds with bee-friendly and attractive perennials.
Residents and the neighbouring falafel stall-holders will water and care for the planters. Further improvements are planned for the area.
Well done to everyone!
Is there somewhere near you that could be in bloom?
It’s not too late to get some summer colour going – try perennials Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’, or some Japanese anenome plants; you can still plant seeds for later flowering annuals such as marigolds, nasturtiums, zinnias or calendula.
We will add to this page as the campaign evolves. Now its over to you – spread the word and get going!
In the meantime if you have any queries, just email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org