Groundwork London’s Landscape and Community Teams celebrated success yesterday at the Landscape Institute’s annual awards, winning the prestigious College of Fellow’s Award for Climate Change Adaptation with our LIFE+ Climate-Proofing Social Housing Landscapes project.
The two-year project saw climate change adaptation measures installed across three social housing estates in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, helping to increase the communities’ resilience to climate change, and showcasing how low-cost green infrastructure techniques can be retrofitted to existing social housing across the UK and Europe.
As well as reducing the estates’ vulnerability to climate change, the project has delivered multiple other benefits, including improvements in biodiversity, visual amenity, play provision, local food production and air quality. A number of social benefits have also been delivered via the community engagement programme, including increased community cohesion, and the work of Groundwork London’s Green Team employment and training scheme on the project has provided opportunities for local residents to learn skills and gain qualifications in horticulture.
The awards ceremony, hosted by television presenter Simon Reeve, was attended by seven members of Groundwork London’s Landscape and Community teams, including Groundwork London’s Executive Director Lindy Kelly; Principal Landscape Architect Jane Everitt and Mark Bentley, the Architect who led the work on the LIFE+ Climate Proofing Social Housing Landscapes project.
The College of Fellows’ Award is a fantastic endorsement of our commitment to designing new solutions for a changing climate and to delivering these through the cross-sector partnerships that have made this project a success. It is great to see a green infrastructure project recognised not only for its work to make our cities more resilient, but also for its potential to truly transform communities.
Anita Konrad, Director, Strategic Partnerships & Programmes at Groundwork London.
The project was also recognised with a Highly Commended Award in the Adding Value through Landscape category, along with Mobile Garden City, Groundwork London's temporary community garden on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which was awarded Highly Commended in the Design for a Temporary Landscape category.
Climate Proofing Social Housing Landscapes was delivered by Groundwork London in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council, with funding from the European Commission’s LIFE+ Programme.