£750,000 DREAM FUND WINNER 'ENERGY GARDENS' LAUNCHES

£750,000 DREAM FUND WINNER 'ENERGY GARDENS' LAUNCHES

London’s answer to New York’s High Line will transform London Overground stations into thriving community gardens.

London Overground customers, staff and communities along the network are being invited to create gardens and growing spaces in and around London Overground stations over the next two years.

The Energy Garden project is a winner of People’s Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund 2015, having received £750,000 from players earlier this year. The Energy Gardens will incorporate community gardening, food growing and showcase solar energy that will power lighting, water pumps or other small scale amenities. Crucially there are also plans to identify larger solar energy sites that will generate a longer term income for the project that will ensure the Energy Gardens continue to thrive in years to come. Groundwork and Repowering London will also deliver workshops with local schools on topics including renewable energy, urban food growing and rail safety.

The Energy Garden partnership – Groundwork London, Repowering London and Transport for London - is now asking community groups, green fingered commuters, station staff, local residents and businesses from across London to share their ideas for greening London’s Overground stations.

Ben Coles, Director of Communities & Environmental Services at Groundwork, said, “To nominate a station and share your ideas with us you can tweet @EnergyGardenLDN using #GreenMyOverground visit www.energygarden.org.uk or email energy.garden@groundwork.org.uk. Now is the time for Londoners to show their support for their local stations and to get involved in creating their own Energy Gardens that they can enjoy whenever they use the Overground network.”


Agamemnon Otero, Energy Garden Founder and CEO of Repowering London said, “Energy Garden will engage local communities in reclaiming spaces within London Overground stations to create highly visible, accessible growing hubs that will involve people all ages in the cultivation and maintenance of plants, medicinal herbs, vegetables and even hops. Developing an Energy Garden Network across the London Overground stations we will help connect people with their environment, nature and also introduce people to local food growing.”

Matthew Pencharz, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, said: “The green spaces that will be created in and around Overground stations will be a valuable addition to the Mayor’s Pocket Parks programme, brightening the day of commuters who use the Overground to and from work. Projects like these show how worthwhile it is to back London’s budding green enthusiasts, and I urge anyone interested to put up their hand and get involved.”

The London Overground network has revitalised lines that had previously been neglected or underutilised and transformed them – radically improving the service and turning them into integral parts of the transport system. Under our investment and management, the network has become one of the most popular with Londoners who have benefited from spacious, air-conditioned trains, and safe, upgraded and passenger -friendly stations.

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