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Redbridge goes green with £50k of projects

Pupils at Coppice Primary School are ready to go green Pupils at Coppice Primary School are ready to go green

Monday, January 20, 2014
6:16 PM

Redbridge is going green with a host of projects including a litter clean-up, tree planting and a play park.

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Two schools in the borough are also getting the chance to create allotments which will help pupils to learn about sustainability.

Funding of £50,000 has been agreed for five environmental projects in the borough, paid for from the council’s environmental development reserve fund.

A community litter clean-up programme, costing £5,000 will be extended with “clean-up toolkits” given to groups of volunteers.

And subsidised compost bins, at a cost of £16,100, will be given to some residents to help reduce food and biodegradable waste.

Cllr Shoaib Patel, the cabinet member for the environment, said: “Redbridge is making great progress and we are very proud of this achievement. Energy efficiency, along with recycling, sustainable travel and a host of other measures are all helping to make Redbridge a cleaner and greener place to live.”

The Redbridge tree planting project, which the council is contributing £10,000 towards, will see tree planting at Broadmead and orchards and habitat improvement at Seven Kings Park and Claybury Park.

A new play park in Vicarage Lane, Ilford, will see a contribution of £6,900 and use sustainable materials.

It will protect and enhance valuable green wildlife space.

And new allotments, costing £12,000, will be created at John Bramston Primary School in Newcastle Avenue, Hainault, and Coppice Primary School in Manford Way, Chigwell which will help children to learn about the importance of sustainability, recycling and growing food.

Mary Wagstaff, Coppice’s nature garden co-ordinator, said: “The vegetable garden will provide space for approximately 10 families to have an allocated food growing area in the form of a raised vegetable bed.

“There will be a communal shed and all tools and equipment will be provided. The garden will also provide educational areas for classes within the school for lessons and growing projects.”

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