Great to have some positive news in the midst of all this!
Today sees the completion of a project in which Croydon born music artist, Loyle Carner, global lifestyle brand Timberland and London National Park City worked together to create a green community space in Thornton Heath.
Re-greening a disused area not far from where he grew up, Loyle collaborated with Timberland to lead the regeneration alongside London National Park City in a movement to make the capital greener, healthier and wilder. Creating a greener city-scape for London, the new community square will act as a space for locals to access calm and peace and a place to be proud of, while also raising awareness about environmental issues.
The local community took a leading role in bringing it together, adding their own finishing touches to the space to make it alive and welcoming. Residents were given a time slot, to comply with social distancing guidelines, and invited down to plant something beautiful, making their own contribution to the future of their community. Allowing the people of Thornton Heath to have an active role in this project was pivotal to creating a space they will actually use, a place which is inspiring and encourages creativity.
Loyle said about the project: “Feels good to be home. I was lucky to grow up around green space, but in my area that’s not how it is for everyone. So I took a small but vital step in the right direction to bring more green space to the Croydon community. I’m still moved that Timberland would support such a grassroot initiative, and help us link up with London National Park City”.
With the help of Timberland, LNPC, and support from Croydon Council, Loyle has brought to life this area of Thornton Heath as part of Timberland’s biggest campaign to date – Nature Needs Heroes. From pledging to plant 50M trees by 2025 to intending to create a net positive impact on the environment by 2030, Timberland believes a greener future is a better future.
Learn more about the project here: