Groundwork in London

CLEVER Cities

We are working alongside Peabody and the Greater London Authority to bring Making Space for Nature. Making Space for Nature is the Thamesmead specific programme of CLEVER Cities, that provides opportunities for people in Thamesmead to make the town a greener, happier place, and to celebrate and improve the abundance of nature resources that the area has to offer.

Making Space for Nature will work with residents to turn the grey to green through; improving health and well-being, reducing physical and mental stress and generating a sense of community pride. The project will see residents co-create high-quality green space to help people become healthier and happier while improving biodiversity and protecting against impacts of climate change.

With nature at its heart, Thamesmead has a huge 370 acres of green space as well as parks, canals and waterways. The area has been chosen to be London’s CLEVER Cities representative because it is undergoing significant regeneration, providing an opportunity to test the benefits of community co-designed nature based solutions.

The project is funded by CLEVER Cities and will be advised by the Thamesmead Nature Forum.

What is Thamesmead Nature Forum?

The Thamesmead Nature Forum is a new space in which residents can connect with what’s happening and shape plans for Thamesmead’s open spaces. The forum will meet regularly, bringing together people who are enthusiastic about nature and about Thamesmead; offering talks about nature and the space to share ideas and find solutions which will influence decisions like community grants for green projects.

What is CLEVER Cities?

CLEVER Cities is an EU funded five-year initiative led by Hamburg, London and Milan and has associate cities of Larissa (Greece), Malmo (Sweden), Covasna (Romania), Madrid (Spain) and Belgrade (Serbia). It promotes the co-design and co-implementation of nature-based solutions in partnership with citizens and professional stakeholders.

The goal of CLEVER Cities is to promote sustainable and inclusive urban regeneration and demonstrate through action research that greener cities work better for people.

London’s action research will be happening in Thamesmead and will take place in three CLEVER Action Labs (CALs). All are located in South Thamesmead and will complement the significant amount of regeneration work that is planned and underway. The action research will be part of a newly created public facing programme called Making Space for Nature.

For more information contact Sean.Bradley@groundwork.org.uk  –  07889755181