Whilst conducting balcony works for Westminster City Council, our operatives replaced the wooden decking with new tiling. Mr Klaus Davidson, one of the local residents, asked to take some wood to be upcycled to make raised beds for the local allotments.
Mr Davidson has lived in the area for almost 30 years and has been the community’s go-to gardening advisor.
Mr Davidson has transformed the allotment, creating a series of raised beds for all those who have plots on the Little Venice allotments. And making the plant beds taller makes them more accessible, whilst also deterring pests like slugs.
RLO, Leanne Peters commented,
“There are currently around 30 people using the allotment. Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Davidson, the residents have been much happier and more willing to go out to the allotment. The neighbours now take pride and ownership in their patch.”
Mr Davidson is looking to further develop this project, eventually making a series of walkways and seating areas to make the area even accessible for the residents. He said: “Once it’s cleaned out and finished it’ll look amazing!”
Sustainability at Little Venice
It is estimated that 30 percent of Britain’s Carbon footprint stems from transportation and packaging of our food. As a result of using the allotment to grow a variety of fruit and vegetables (including pumpkins, potatoes, and even jackfruit), our Westminster residents have been reducing their contribution to this figure.
Waste timber is typically sent to Community Wood Recycling, a company that offers sustainable re-use of waste timber so that it isn’t sent to landfill or turned into woodchip. Where possible, they try and re-use wood for building and DIY purposes or sell it to local businesses for use as fuel. Community Wood Recycling recently awarded the Axis team at Little Venice a certificate for recycling over 20 tonnes of wood.
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