Tue, June 30, 2020
We are immensely proud of our work to improve the local environment. Our Environment Project manages the Castlehaven Community Park, Camden Town’s largest green space. We have been working hard to increase the biodiversity of our green and food growing spaces. This year we have created a wildflower meadow of native flowers, as well as planting a wide range of climbers in order to create a living wall for birds and insects. In addition, we’ve been planting ivy to help absorb pollution from nearby busy roads, and letting other areas of our parkland grow wild to help encourage bees, butterflies and other insects. We manage the park organically, meaning that we do not use any pesticides or herbicides.
As a charity we have made a concerted effort over the past year to cut down on single-use plastic within our entire site. In the Horticulture Hub we have a plastic bag recycling scheme, where people can donate their plastic bags for use in our veg shop. We also accept plastic plant pots, which we re-use and also give away for free to other people so they don’t have to buy more themselves.
Throughout the Community Centre we have got rid of all single-use plastic cups and replaced these with re-usable ones. We have also given each member of staff a reusable water bottle and mug. We have installed recycling bins throughout the Community Centre and the Community Park, and encourage people to use these as much as possible.
At Castlehaven we are committed to helping the local community to grow their own food and teaching them sustainable practices. We use organic methods and grow a wide range of vegetables – this helps people to eat locally, thus cutting down on food miles and teaches people how to grow from plot to plate. We also compost our food waste too, with a food waste bin in the Community Centre. This compost is then used to grow vegetables the following year, creating a loop.
Future plans include planting more trees in our Community Park, adding to our current 30. We’ll also plant more wildflowers to further boost the local ecosystem. In regards to our Community Centre, we will continue to reduce unnecessary printing and paper waste and also run more food waste classes. We also work with a range of other organisations such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth Camden and Transition Kentish Town, in order to encourage green initiatives within Camden – such as walking and cycling, food growing and greening of neighborhoods.