Council awards £170,000 to transform community spaces

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 www.spacehive.com/ealingyourspace. For advice and handy guides on setting up a project in your area and sources of funding visit www.dosomethinggood.co.uk