Alleyway Action Day in St George’s

On Saturday 15th June the first of the alleyway transformations took place in Preston St George’s Neighbourhood for Learning.  This was an action identified as part of the resident led enquiry and one which the Resident Advisers have been passionate about. 

The project has been developed by the St George’s Local Oversight Group, made up of Resident Advisers, local authority and third sector organisations and Fiona Ward, the research lead from Lancaster University.

The Resident Advisers started by contacting householders on the alley to make them aware of the project and invite them to an ideas session back in February.  The session was well attended by adults and children, and lots of ideas were discussed.   Following the session, a training day was organised at Let’s Grow Preston’s base at Ashton Park. Let’s Grow Preston gave the residents some hands on training and seedlings were planted in preparation for the alley transformation.

Then it was time for the action day.  The Resident Advisers delivered invitations to the other householders to let them know what was happening and Preston City Council swept the alley.  Plants and pots were provided by residents, a local nursery and Let’s Grown Preston and volunteers from Let’s Grow Preston helped the residents to plant up 45 pots and put them in place. A hopscotch court was also marked out for the children.  More than 25 people helped out - even an afternoon shower didn’t spoil the day! The residents are planning to develop their links with Let’s Grow Preston and investigate other initiatives where they can, for example, make wooden bird boxes and planters. A short ‘how we did it’ booklet is also being produced to inspire residents of other alleys.

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