Wood collected locally, by a local social enterprise, recently embarked on a project in converting pallets and wood waste from Brixton street market into park benches. InUse-ReUse manages the collection of pallets and wood waste in Brixton markets and diverts them to either be recycled, reused or upcycled infurniture. InUse-ReUse has, teamed-up with Urban Growth who create & maintain beautiful, biodiverse green spaces in public places across London in executing on this community project.
Funded and supported by Veolia's Lambeth recycling fund, InUse-ReUse has created four amazing hands crafted park benches to be used by volunteers, schools' pupils and the general public at Slade Gardens Adventure Playground.
Slade Gardens has had a significant face lift since Urban Growth received funding from the Mayor of London to help revitalise Slade Gardens. With the help of volunteers and Orsetta Hosquet, the Project manager & Hard Landscaping Lead they have gone ahead and demolished many of the old structures which were unsound, and have built,compost bins, new raised beds, paths, a polytunnel and a pond. New structures such as the compost bins and the fence for the pond, were also created using pallets. It was only right that a comfortable seating area would also be built for this fantastic local Garden. The Veolia community recycling fund not only provided funding but also gifts-in-kind by donating 5000 litres of compost to the Garden.
With volunteering group session available every Saturday, Slade Gardens has had Corporate groups volunteering at the Garden which include Santander, QBE,Defra, Booking.com, Volunteers matters. Local community engagement has also been a critical factor for the project, with volunteering sessions with Baytree centre and High Shore and BUPA care/DASL being completed.
Reclaimed,Recycled, Reloved is our motto, and this project is a fantastic case study on what can be achieved from resources collected locally, manufactured locally for the beneficiary of a local community Park. We thrive on finding projects that have an emphasis on a circular economy and pushing wood waste higher up the recycling hierarchy. With over 60 local parks and open spaces in the borough of Lambeth, there is scope to replicate this project in other local parks, which in turn assist with the increasing uses of local resources.
We would firstly like to thank Veolia Community Recycling Fund for giving us the opportunity in working on an exciting project and would also like to thank Urban Growth and Slade gardens adventure playground for accepting our proposal in developing these amazing benches and finding a new home for them to be Reloved.