Cricklewood community brought together for estate planting day


Over 30 residents and children grabbed spades and forks and dug in for a special community planting day on a Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) managed estate in Cricklewood on Wednesday 31 May.

The eager gardeners on the CAM Estate all got to work planting shrubs and flowers on a piece of land that was formally redundant, transforming it from an uninspiring concrete area which attracted anti-social behaviour into a little green paradise for local residents to enjoy.Cam Estate gardening

They were joined by staff from Brent Housing Partnership (BHP), and BHP contractors including Wates Living Space, who built new raised flower beds, filled them with soil and added some paving stones, Veolia, who donated free shrubs and flowers and Wettons, who gave the area a tidy up afterwards.

A hanging basket workshop ensured that residents didn’t leave empty handed as they were able to take their creations home with them.

Many residents were members of the CAM Estate Gardening Group who were awarded £2,500 from BHP’s Community Fund to pay for the new plants and refreshments. BHP’s Environmental Improvement Fund had previously been used to pay for the removal of a redundant wall and concrete space to make room for the new planting area.

Pauline Anderson, resident and Chair CAM Gardening Group said: “I'm so thankful to BHPs Community Fund for supplying the funding and to the BHP Community Leadership Team for their assistance in helping us to carry our project. Thanks to Veolia for their hard work with the shrub area and to Wates for their hard work building the raised beds, topsoil and refreshments. Thanks also to all the Gardening Group and all the residents and children who joined us to make the event so enjoyable.”

Christina Byrne, BHP’s Community Leadership Manager said: “BHP projects like these can improve the health and well-being of residents and it was our pleasure to help organise and take part in the event. We thoroughly enjoyed interacting with residents and were particularly impressed with the participation of the children. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without our contractors, Wates Living Space, Veolia and Wettons who we were proud to work alongside.”    

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You can view more photos of the day by watching the following video.