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Follow on from Green Infrastructure

On Tuesday 28th February, The London Sustainability Exchange and the UCL Engineering Exchange held a lively forum event bringing together community groups with green infrastructure engineers to explore natural solutions to urban challenges together. The event was attended by representatives from around 30 community groups from across London including Transition Towns, local collectives, schools, community centres, community gardens and sustainability groups. Each had come with a problem they wanted to tackle – from local air pollution and flooding to community wellbeing and anti-social behaviour – and through a series of guided activities by the end of the event a total of 13 ideas had been developed into full project plans ready for pitching. UCL is happy to announce they will be providing ongoing support to all of these projects, and we’re thrilled to see several new collaborations, projects and events that are already being formed as a result. It really did prove an opportunity to spring into action!


Following the event a number of further meetings/event were suggested, here is a list of upcoming events that I hope you will be interested in…


  • Biodiversity Design Workshops – Friday 10th and Saturday 11th March

London Sustainability Exchange has been lucky enough to be supported by Players of the People's Postcode Lottery to start a new project in Wandsworth designing and planting stepping stones for flying pollinators. 

During the initial phase of the project we are inviting people to attend a design workshop to help create the “kits” – plants and how-to guides – that will be distributed to participating households during the Wandsworth Fringe in May.


  • Spring Pollution Meet – Tuesday 14th March

We would like to allow people to network and share ideas, and also refine some of these ideas into a joint letter of asks.

We are also considering the idea of mentoring as there are so many people wanting to do pollution monitoring now and we are keen to facilitate the action to spread as much as possible!

New groups will have the opportunity to be trained in pollution busing prior to the meet (17.30)

Please RSVP!


  • Guided walk along the East Walworth Green Link – 10.30 on Wednesday 15th March

Find out how a safe, quiet, biodiverse walking/cycling route has been created between the Elephant and Castle and Burgess Park in Southwark.

Led by Peter Wright, the link coordinator, you will be able to chat about the initiatives that started it, how it was created and the issues that had to be overcome.

Meet outside the Elephant and Castle tube station (on the new peninsular) – will last about 2 hours. All welcome.


  • Skyline opportunities in London – 18.30 on Tuesday 21st March

Rooftop walkways? Zip Lines between skyscrapers? What opportunities could London’s rapid growth bring? The event will be an opportunity to discuss impacts on the city, share ideas and think about how they might be realised.

The event will be at One New Change, a free rooftop space, where one can see the scale of the city and visualise how rapidly it is changing.

Public Roof Terrace, 1 New Change, London, EC4M 9AF

 For more info contact Jamie;

  • Visit Transition Leytonstone’s water storage system – Wednesday 29th March

See what’s growing, admire the locally built pizza oven, solar dryer, apple press and amazing water butts.


Watch this space for a full report on the event soon!

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