Road Community Gardens
benchmark project by The
Commission for Architecture and the Build Environment
Minister Yvette Cooper are (L-R) Miles Coverdale pupils Reece
Hercules, Vi Nguyen, both 9, Leila Tallie, Joel Jaldoo, both
10, Lucy Lee and Olivia Mangumbu, both 9
Thrift director of CABE Space, Vi Nguyen, Lucy Lee, both 9,
Hammersmith & Fulham Council mayor Cllr Charlie Treloggan,
Minister Yvette Cooper, leader of H & F Council Cllr Andrew
Slaughter, Joel Jaldoo, 10, Reece Hercules, 9, Olivia Mangumbu,
9, and Leila Tallie, 10
Road Community Gardens (W12) have been named on a list of the
country's eight "Inspiring Spaces" (a space that demonstrates
how real imagination and hard work can transform an urban community)
by CABE (The Commission for Architecture and the Build Environment).
announcement was made as CABE launched a radical new ten-point
Manifesto, welcomed by the Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott,
calling for greater priority to be given to Britain's city parks,
squares and open spaces in ways that will enable local people
to get involved. It also gives local communities, politicians,
local authorities, businesses and consultants the information
they need to make the case for better quality civic spaces.
Yvette Cooper, Minister from the Office of the Deputy Prime
Minister (ODPM), visited Godolphin Road Community Gardens, last
Tuesday, March 23, to launch CABE Space's ten-point 'Manifesto
for Better Public Space'. The Minister was joined by children
from Miles Coverdale Primary School, in Shepherds Bush, who
are members of the school's gardening club. The children learned
about the history of the gardens with the help of a local history
pack produced by Hammersmith & Fulham Urban Studies Centre,
a local environmental education centre.
Manifesto for Better Public Space is supported by a new report
(The Value of Public Space) published by CABE that shows how
cities in the UK and around the world have received far-reaching
economic, health and social benefits from making the best of
their public spaces.
eight "Inspiring Spaces" in Plymouth, Sheffield, Manchester,
Gloucester, Salford, Sandwell and three projects in London, are
being highlighted by CABE
as benchmark projects and used as examples from which the public
can draw inspiration and knowledge. Through the website CABE want
to encourage the public to get involved in the improvement of
open spaces in their local community and put them in touch with
organisations that can help them put their dreams into practice.
Godolphin Road Community Gardens is a small 0.8 hectare garden
that was a war-time bomb-damaged site in the middle of a residential
area. Run by Hammersmith Community Gardens Association it received
a Green Pennant Award in 2003. A sculpture of the Green Man, created
for the Millennium celebrations watches over the events that take
place in the garden including an annual summer music festival
a community composting scheme and a children's play area.
The Hammersmith Community Garden Association (HCGA), which was
formed in 1994 with a merger of Loris Road Community Garden (20
years old) and Godolphin Road Community Garden (16 years old).
Supported by the Education & Environment Departments of the
council, they will receive £20,481 in core funding and project
grant aid of £4,000 in 2004/05.
HCGA is one of the nine partners in the Shepherds Bush Healthy
Living Centre, and is engaged in partnership work with Sure Start,
borough schools and nurseries and Ealing Hammersmith & West
is nearing completion of its Eco Shed development at Loris Road
and is working towards a third site, developing a community garden
and food growing area jointly with St. Mungos at Oakland House.
Michael Cartwright, Hammersmith & Fulham Council's deputy
for environment, said: "We are a small, densely developed
borough and the spaces we have are vital to the well-being of
our residents and visitors. As a Beacon Council for improving
urban green spaces we are doing our best to inspire the same level
of commitment in other councils. We really believe that a commitment
to improving our parks, gardens and green areas improves the health
of the borough and our residents, and makes Hammersmith &
Fulham a better place to live. That is why we are helping to fund
community groups such as Hammersmith Community Gardens Association,
which has an excellent track record in making local gardens a
real local focus for involvement, benefit and development of environmental
skills and knowledge."
The development of the space under the Westway has been an amazing
transformation story for an area not considered when the road
was planned 40 years ago. A campaign by community groups has resulted
in the Trust now being financially self-supporting having developed
a skate park, fully-equipped sports centre and office space for
Gardens (W11) and The Westway Development Trust have also been
named on a list of the country's eight "Inspiring Spaces".
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March 27, 2004