Proposals for the Tulse Hill greening project
Proposals for the Tulse Hill greening project

Lambeth Council’s work on projects to protect bees and other pollinators won three ‘Bees’ Needs’ awards in 2019. Now a consultation has been launched on two important greening projects for our area that will convert grassland and tarmac on Effra Road and Tulse Hill into meadows, rain gardens and wildflower planting as part of Lambeth’s Bee Roads project.

We raised the idea of this kind of greening scheme in the summer of 2019 and Lambeth Council officers developed the proposals in the above picture over the winter of 2019. Unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic understandably put this work on hold throughout 2020 whilst the focus was on protecting the public from the virus. However, as we emerged from lockdown earlier this year and over the summer – conversations began with residents on the St Matthew’s Estate about developing rain gardens on the grassland that runs along Effra Road between the Estate and the pavement. These two schemes came together under the Council’s Bee Roads plan.

The Tulse Hill Rain Garden and St Matthew’s Estate/Rush Common Rain Ponds will come together to promote a green corridor along the A204 (Effra Road/Tulse Hill). Not only will this help address local air pollution by ensuring planting replaces tarmac/concrete, but the wildflowers and focus on creating new habitats for wildlife will also help us address the decline in the number of bees which play a huge part in pollination and the global ecosystem. They will be complemented by woodland planting at the southern end of Tulse Hill next to the Deronda Estate. The consultation ends on 19th Decemberand we ask everyone to support these proposals. If funding is secured the work could start as soon as next year.

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