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Bring and fix events helping to encourage reuse in Lewisham!

The Lee Green Community Centre was a hive of activity this Saturday as it held its first bring and fix event.

This was all taking place at the Lee Gate Shopping Centre.

Lee Gate Shopping Centre.

Bring and Fix is a new fair that brings together local people of different ages to share their skills and knowledge to help each other out and have fun doing it. ‘Fixers’ are made up of people volunteering their time to encourage re-use of items which may otherwise have been thrown away and ‘Bringers’ are people who need something repairing or who want to find out about something. The fixers this Saturday ranged from someone sewing a new skirt out of an old dress, gardening advice, mobile advice, knitting, small item repair and recycling ideas. Those who volunteered as fixers received Time Credits for their efforts and Joan Roach from Spice who run the time credits scheme in Lewisham was also on hand with her extraordinary dress making skills. Items that got fixed on the day included a bag, a dress, some hair clips, a scooter and other successes including someone learning how to turn predictive text off their mobile phone.

Lots of people took part in the activities.

Lots of people took part in the activities.

Members of the local community as well as local Cllr Jim Mallory came along to support the event and get their items fixed. Members from the Rushey Green time bank were also at the event as well as from Lewisham’s recycling team. More bring and fix events will be taking place at the Lee Green Community Centre so please contact them directly on lgrnlives01@gmail.com or keep a look out on our blog for more information!

One of the volunteers repairs a toy scooter.

One of the volunteers repairs a toy scooter.


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Recycle Week 2013 – Re-imagining ladies tights

As well as going out to speak to residents about about recycling and composting during National Recycle Week 2013, Lewisham Council also worked in conjunction with an arts organisation called Platform 7 who came to Catford and had some interesting methods of catching the attention of those in the area.

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With additional support from Arts Council England, ‘Re-imagining Ladies Tights’ raised awareness of textile recycling by exploring the politics of tights and stockings.  This opportunity allows Akleriah, with support from Platform-7, to explore the image, gender politics, social and material value of women’s tights.

Full details on all the activities from the week long event can be found on the following link http://re-imaginingtights.tumblr.com/


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Recycle Week 2013

This week is National Recycle Week 2013 and the recycling team at Lewisham Council have been out and about in the borough promoting recycling and composting to residents.

Dave Brinson talks to one of the many shoppers that came to visit us throughout the day.

Dave Brinson talks to one of the many shoppers that came to visit us throughout the day.

On Wednesday 19th the team went to the shopping centre in Lewisham where we had a small stand and throughout the day spoke to many residents and shoppers giving advice and information on all manner of environmental issues. Many people just wanted advice and reassurance about what to recycle. Others were asking about the new Service Standards that we are currently introdcing.

We also took requests for compost bins, recycling bins and gave out bin stickers, leaflets and spaghetti measures and freezing clips to encourage more people to Love Food Hate Waste.

Visit us at our newly refurbished trailer on Friday 21st June.

Visit us at our newly refurbished trailer on Friday 21st June.

On Friday 21st, the team are heading to Sainsbury’s in New Cross Gate where we are taking our newly refurbished trailer and will again be talking to shoppers and residents and giving information as well as a few freebies to those that come and visit us.


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A day in the life of Love Lewisham

Today we’re looking ‘through the eyes’ of Love Clean Streets showing you what a typical busy day in Environmental Services is like. We will be posting jobs up live as they get completed by our Love Lewisham crews- jobs which are reported by residents, visitors and staff in Lewisham each and every day! As you will see, the work done in an average day can include jobs like our cleansing team collecting an abandoned sofa or an animal welfare officer reuniting a dog with its worried owner. We are showing the action as it happens all day so keep watching!

The following images are just a flavour of what is going on today and what gets reported through our award winning site ‘Love Lewisham’.

Lovely street swept and in tip top shape! Job done by our street sweeper in SE3.

For full details of the report, click on the link below to access the Love Clean Streets site

http://lovecleanstreets.org/reports/singlereport/64f24ccf-9de5-407f-ad47-f569d253f795

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Street corner a bit of a mess this morning, but it will be much more pleasant for people to walk past now. Full job details on Love Clean Streets at http://lovecleanstreets.org/reports/singlereport/9ed2b2a6-745f-416b-9f4e-3da947208072

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Bedbase dumped in SE13. We have a dedicated team to clear these flytips so that Lewishams pavements are kept clear.
http://lovecleanstreets.org/reports/singlereport/ab24a9b8-ee99-42ef-a1f2-4ea6a0a05aa4

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Very difficult to get past this bike, duvan bed, carpet which someone has left on the pavement in Lewisham. Once again our cleansing team have sorted early in the day. Full job details on Love Clean Streets http://lovecleanstreets.org/reports/singlereport/ee0b9ec5-aa4f-43f1-9a9f-6a3ac9b98121

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Great to see that residents are keen to recycle- its best put into the bin though! Recycling crews collecting from New Cross today. For full job visit Love Clean Streets: http://lovecleanstreets.org/reports/singlereport/08bafb69-30bc-4cdc-8bee-39b6894a0e5c

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Our graffiti team don’t just clean graffiti- fly posting can also pop up in the borough. This poster has been removed from a gas meter box in Deptford. Full details can be seen at: http://lovecleanstreets.org/reports/singlereport/eccffe0b-5ad2-47f7-b479-8463ebe5cc3e

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Our graffiti team work hard to keep on top of graffiti ‘tags’. Here’s one removed in Lee Green. Full job details; http://lovecleanstreets.org/reports/singlereport/e92798a2-403b-49a1-96eb-e9178e4ceaf0

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We’re doing a clean up today in Overcliff Road. We regularly do capital clean up events with staff and residents working together to transform spaces in the borough. We’ve cleared vegetation away from this path today- for full details have a look at the job at: http://lovecleanstreets.org/reports/singlereport/b7f629a7-e220-4b22-a2a8-c831581c6f93

Capital Clean Up Event

Capital Clean Up Event

This was sent as part of a Capital Clean Up Day.

This was sent as part of a Capital Clean Up Day.

Another pavement cleared by the cleansing crew. For full details visit our Love Clean Streets site at: http://lovecleanstreets.org/reports/singlereport/3df0ad8f-540d-46e6-9b01-1b722de18da6

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Set of mattresses dumped just of Deptford High Street.  Another credit to our cleansing crews! http://lovecleanstreets.org/reports/singlereport/2ff8d629-f235-47d5-b353-dfe4c6cf66c0

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Just keeping the walls clear making the walk down the road a much more pleasant experience.
Another graffiti team job which can be viewed in full here. http://lovecleanstreets.org/reports/singlereport/0e622137-5978-41a3-b36c-fc215b6eebbc

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Keeping the cemetery looking at its best in Hither Green, grounds maintenance staff using a new mower to good effect! http://lovecleanstreets.org/reports/report/f90e38b0-149f-4df5-aab5-55fc5d1d7699

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Helping to fight the war against counterfeit products, our trading standards officers have just closed down an illegal DVD production outfit. For more info on this visit: http://lovecleanstreets.org/reports/singlereport/31ae360e-489b-49c6-a6ca-6c689e324ef0

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Making Rubbish Fashion

Lewisham Council has worked with fashion and design students from LESOCO , to raise awareness about the need to dispose of litter from ‘Food on the Go’ responsibly.

The students created clothes from packaging of well known fast food outlets. They were helped in their quest by kind donations of obsolete packaging  from KFC, Mcdonalds and Muffin Break.

Their stunning creations were exhibited at Lewisham Library and Lewisham shopping centre.

KFC dress made from the red take away boxes

KFC dress made from the red take away boxes

The creations demonstrate that not only is recycling fun, it is possible to make rubbish fashion and to behave responsibly as well.


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World Fairtrade Day Poster Competition Winner!

This year’s World Fairtrade Day was on Saturday the 11th of May and Lewisham children were asked to design a poster or collage in a competition to display on a Lewisham recycling vehicle.

Fairtrade is an organised social movement whose aim it is to help producers in developing countries and to make better trading conditions for their produce whilst also supporting the aims of sustainability.

Fairtrade advocates the payment of a higher price to exporters as well as higher social and environmental standards and focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries. Exports from Fairtrade countries include:

  • Handicrafts
  • Coffee
  • Cocoa
  • Sugar
  • Tea
  • Bananas
  • Honey
  • Cotton
  • Wine
  • Fresh fruit
  • Chocolate
  • Flowers
  • Gold

Many of the above products are available in most supermarkets. Look out for the Fairtrade logo on the packaging. More information on the Fairtrade movement and it’s work can be found on the following link: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

For this years World Fairtrade Day, children were asked to show links between their own lives and those of a child in another country.

The winning entry was designed by Rohan Praveen who is 8 years old and from St William of York School.

image: Fair Trade Poster

Rohan’s poster was chosen from over 100 entries from schools throughout the borough, and we loved it for it’s inspiring slogan “Nature Asks Us To Be Fair!”

The photograph below is of Rohan with the recycling vehicle which now carries his winning design and can be seen driving around the borough on weekdays collecting and emptying recycling bins. Well done to Rohan!

Image: Rohan Praveen with Recycling Vehicle


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Mountsfield Park Food Growing Space

Lewisham has over 80 Community Gardens providing a range of growing spaces within schools, community centres, businesses and housing areas.  Managing these gardens themselves offers a valuable opportunity for Lewisham residents to join together in not only growing food, but also in contributing skills such as managing volunteers, fundraising and committee roles.

If you are a keen grower, and are looking for a challenge, then a potential further growing site has been located within the grounds of MountsfieldPark with funding provided for basic infrastructure and set up costs.

At this stage we would like to gauge initial interest from residents who may, with some initial guidance and support, wish to set up and run a community food growing space in this area.

This is located at Stainton Road, Catford, SE6 1AN

This is located at Stainton Road, Catford, SE6 1AN

<  Are you a keen veg grower with great gardening skills?

<  Would you like to engage residents in volunteering?

<  Have you got good fundraising planning or organisational skills?

<   To register your initial interest in setting up/running a community garden in MountsfieldPark please write to the following:

Katy Delaney

Green Scene

Wearside Service Centre

Wearside Road

Ladywell

London SE13 7EZ

 or e-mail katy.delaney@lewisham.gov.uk

with your full contact details

 Responses to be received by Friday 21st June