Placemaking & Community Engagement
Are you looking to engage a larger number of people in your projects? Hoping for more community participation in planning and design processes? Have you been trying to build a relationship to hard to reach communities, bringing diverse community groups together or simply engage local residents?
We can help by:
- Reaching out to residents through doorknocking and/or pop-up events in relevant places
- Conducting surveys
- Assess community needs
- Organise consultation events for small and large groups
- Hosting participatory design sessions to harness collective knowledge
- Engaging people in regeneration activities in public and community spaces
- Organising exciting events that speak to the needs of the community, including tours, music, film and storytelling
In our work we draw on effective and dynamic conversation processes such as World Cafe, Open Space, Appreciative Inquiry.
On Wednesday 19th of October we planted a kitchen garden on Fenwick Estate in Clapham. The event started at 4 pm and by 6.30 a group of around 20 had planted 90 herb plants, including lavender, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, yarrow and more.
The event and the plants were funded by This Is Clapham Business Improvement District.
Michel supported residents on Egham Road to make a more beautiful, safer and useful space. The job was a big challenge, building a 25 m long planter, shifting 12 tonnes of soil and planting 60 plants along the pavement to create a border between the grass and play area and road. With a large group of corporate volunteers and residents, the job got done in a day and brought out the neighbourhood.
Social Landscapes collaborated with St Martins of Tours to design an event aiming to bring together two diverse and disparate community groups located around Wilton Square, Islington. The event created included gardening and painting activities to spruce up the area, food and non-alcoholic drinks as well as live music.
Together with Social Landscapes, Paula opens her 1 acre garden in Streatham Hill to vulunteers and ex-addicts, who she supports in their recovery. We joined up with the Permablitz London team to run an event that transformed the kitchen garden into an abundant Permaculture growing space.
In 2015 we put together a concept for Advance 360 using a tiny space at Woodlawns, Streatham Hill. The idea came from the original Men in Sheds idea, to create space for elderly men to get together and share skills with each other and others. The shed was designed to have a green roof with a skylight and a small growing space with hops growing up the walls.
Social Landscapes has brought the community together to plant a community orchard of 15 fruit trees, build vegetable planters and reinvigorate the community allotment in Hillside Gardens Park. There have been 55 volunteers involved in planting and volunteering sessions in the park.
The sunken garden on Cale Street had been neglected for over a dozen years. Michel supported residents from the estates in sprucing up the space, planting wildflowers along the edges and in the middle, building new benches and planters for food growing, planting a soft fruit area and painting the railings.
In 2014 Social Landscapes supported a group of local residents on Wellfield Road to build their own planters - 3 for vegetable growing and 2 containing crab apple trees, herbs and flowers. The project was funded by Streatham Action and The Mayor of London.