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Lambeth London Living estates go wild

Wildflower planting Notre-Dame event April 2013 From the summer, eight of our estates will be getting wilder and brighter when the wildflower meadows, planted recently by residents, staff and contractors, begin to bloom.

Inspired by the Olympic wild flower meadows, the project has been developed as part of our Getting involved Resident engagement strategy, which aims to give residents a say in how their estates are managed and services delivered.

Fun events were held over the Easter holidays. Children from the estates painted pot plants to take home, made seeds bombs and seeded the mWildflower planting event at Notre Dame estate in March 2013eadows, with the help of their parents, our staff and contractors.

The contractors, Pinnacle, Keepmoat, Mears and Morrisons all helped get the  areas ready for planting. They also supplied the soil and craft activities - making for a fun and interactive afternoon, which brought residents together. Wildflower were used as they are easy to plant and the meadows easy to maintain. The mix of different flowers means the meadows will bloom over a long period of time.

Notre Dame resident Katrice Campbell said “The wildflower meadows will make our community beautiful. It’s really encouraging for communities to join in activities.”

Terry Gallagher, Lambeth London Living Deputy Chief Executive said

“The Wildflower meadows are a joint project between our residents, staff and contractors; and will really brighten up our estates.”

“Now the weather is milder the flowers should start to bloom by the end of May. Once the meadows are established the management will be handed over to the tenants associations, giving everyone the chance to get involved.

If the meadows are a success we will look to work with more residents associations to sow wildflower meadows on their estates.”

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