Archive for February, 2016

Katherine Buchan Project 2Ealing Council is pleased to announce the winning projects of its second Transform Your Space initiative which helps residents spruce up open spaces across the borough.

The Piggeries Orchard, the Katherine Buchan Meadow project, Transforming Copley Close and Garden 4 Everyone projects were all awarded funding to help get their plans started.

The Transforming Copley Close project will be given £64,307 over two years to help develop communal garden areas and transform a piece of disused woodland on Copley Estate into a vibrant community space in West Ealing.

The plans for the Katherine Buchan Meadows include bringing an unnoticed, unloved green space in Old Hanwell conservation area back to life. The meadow will celebrate the life and community spirit of Katherine Buchan who built and maintained four almshouses in the area. The project has been awarded £46, 347 to help with costs.

The Piggeries Orchard project in Hanwell has been awarded £15,188 to help transform a route along the Grand Union Canal into an urban wildlife and nature beauty spot with wildflower meadows, wetland space and fruit foraging.

The Garden 4 Everyone project in Acton will be given £45,000 to help transform an open space into a communal garden for local people to enjoy. With wildflower zones, benches, pathways and safe play areas for children. The council will also help the team set up a management group to help run the project.

Cabinet member for environment, transport and leisure, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, said: “We asked residents to really think big with their ideas to transform unloved areas into ones that the whole community could be proud and take ownership of. I am really pleased with the four projects we have chosen. They are a great example of what can be done when people come together, share their ideas and pledge their support to make it happen. Being able to transform even small spaces can make a really big difference to where people live and create a new sense of community.”

The winning groups need to raise additional funds, find volunteers and get support from their local community. Details about the winning projects, and others happening across the borough can be found at For advice and handy guides on setting up a project in your area and sources of funding visit

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Leftovers and peelings from home-cooked romantic meals for two should all be disposed of in the small green food waste bin. When food waste is thrown away in rubbish bins, it smells and can attract foxes and other vermin.

Food waste that goes to landfill is also bad for the environment, because as it breaks down it produces methane, a gas that affects global warming and is 20 times more harmful than carbon dioxide.

But, food that goes into the green food waste bin is taken to a special recycling plant where it is turned into electricity that is fed back into the national grid and used to power homes.

And when the red roses have wilted they can be composted or residents that subscribe to the garden waste collection service can place them in their green bag or wheelie bin. The garden waste service conveniently collects garden clippings and prunings from the door for £60 a year.

Old Valentine cards, cardboard from chocolate boxes, glass wine bottles and plastic packaging can all be recycled using the green box and white sacks, or for residents that live in flats or on red routes, using their clear mixed recycling sacks or communal recycling bins.

When the improved recycling and rubbish collection service starts in late spring, it will be even easier for people who use green boxes to recycle these items, because they will all be put together in a new, blue wheelie bin rather than having to be separated into different containers.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “When the flowers have faded and the romantic meal is a distant memory, local people can still express their love for the borough by doing the right thing and recycling their waste. Ealing Council is charged for every bag of rubbish that isn’t recycled and we paid out £8million in landfill charges last year which is money that could be better spent on our local parks and roads so I’m asking everyone to show they care for Ealing and recycle as much as possible this Valentine’s Day.”

For a full list of what can be recycled from home, go to

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recycling_truckEaling Council is asking children aged between four and 16 years old to help inspire local people to recycle more. In return, they have the chance to win a tablet and hundreds of pounds worth of books or equipment for their school.

The council is running an art competition for children that go to school in Ealing. There are two categories; primary school (four to 11 years) and high school (11 to 16 years). The winner of each category will receive an Amazon Fire tablet. In addition, Amey, the council’s waste services and environmental contractor, is donating £150 to each winning school to be used on books or equipment.

As well as the prizes, the winning entries will be displayed on the side of the council’s recycling and rubbish collection lorries and be seen across the borough and will be publicised in the council’s resident magazine, Around Ealing.

The theme for children at primary school is ‘It’s important to recycle because…’ and those at secondary school are being asked to let their imaginations run wild and show us what their recycled world would look like.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “Children and young people care passionately about their environment and the world they live in and recycling is a crucial part of that.  We want to give them the chance to be heard and get their message across at home, and to residents across the borough, by designing a picture for the side of our trucks.

“I know it’s going to be really tough to pick the winners as I can expect absolutely fabulous entries promoting this really important message. Have some fun and let’s get more people recycling across Ealing.”

Adam Saunders, principal operations manager for Amey, said: “Amey is extremely pleased and proud to have been asked to contribute funding which engages children at all levels to improve the recycling performance of Ealing.  We look forward to seeing the winning designs being displayed on the side of the collection vehicles and want to take this opportunity to congratulate all the children involved in this project, particularly those who go on to achieve the winning designs. Good luck to everyone.”

All entries need to be received by 5pm on 29 February. Full details and an application pack, are available by going to and searching for ‘art competition’.

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