We’re delighted to announce our Parklet has been shortlisted for the Healthy Streets Awards. The Parklet forms part of the Shoreditch Low Emission Neighborhood scheme which is a Tri-Borough collaboration between Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Islington and the Mayor of London.
A Parklet is a pavement extension that provides seating, greenery and amenities for the public using the street. Usually Parklets are installed on parking bays and use 2 or more parking spaces. They typically extend out from the pavement no wider than an average car parking bay of 2 mtrs, our Parklet is 10 mtrs X 2mtrs. They are well established in countries like US, Canada and Australia and are now catching on in the UK.
Our approach is quite unique in that we have teamed up with a local charity called the Spitalfields Trust Crypt (SCT) established in 1965, they support people in East London who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
The charity helped to install the unit, they also maintain it by carrying out weekly inspections, checking the health of the plants and trees, watering and trimming the plants where necessary. They also carry out any minor repairs where needed.
The tie in with SCT also allows them to provide us with valuable data so we can monitor how it is being used and the type of people who use it.
The announcement is to be made on the 28th September so fingers and toes crossed!