Green The Grid

Thursday this week brought out a record January attendance of 55 people to hear Nina Kowalska tell us about the Font Garden Friendly initiative that she leads on the Southfields Grid (those streets to the south of Southfields tube station). Their aim is to create London’s first front garden friendly neighbourhood and to spread the word to other areas. This is not just an idea to prettify the area but to create an an eco friendly area to improve air quality, plant for wellbeing, encourage wildlife and reduce flooding risk with permeable garden surfaces. To learn more see

Jaggard Way application refused

The application for outline planning consent for the demolition of the existing small business units and the redevelopment of the site, for a mixed use scheme of 72 homes, was refused yesterday, 27 November against officers’ recommendation to permit the proposal. The Society’s objections highlighted the inappropriate nature of the development on the edge of the conservation area and the loss of significant employment space.

Wandsworth’s Green Ambition

The Borough of Wandsworth has set itself the target of becoming inner-London’s greenest inner borough, going carbon neutral by 2030 and being a zero-emission council by 2050.

Opposition to Heathrow expansion, reducing waste, encouraging recycling, tree planting and making council buildings more efficient are cited as examples of the Council’s actions.

Other environmental initiatives have included switching to LED street lighting, promoting electric vehicles and introducing a huge number of electric charging points around the borough, as well as encouraging residents to join car clubs, with Wandsworth now boasting the highest membership in London.

Talk on the National Park City movement

On 24 Julythe Friends of Wandsworth Common is hosting Daniel Raven-Ellison, founder of the National Park City movement, for a talk on ‘Wild Cities’. Dan – a National Geographic explorer and self-styled guerilla geographer – has been the driving force in London’s being declared the world’s first ever National Park City. He is an inspirational speaker with a passion for ‘rewilding’, encouraging biodiversity and re-engaging with nature.

More details of the event and booking can be found here