BURA

GA was awarded the BURA Award 1998

British Urban Regeneration Award, also referred to as "The Regeneration Oscars"

see pdf version here     or Scan of original booklet

ABOUT GA

Panel Comments..

Despite intense competition, we have no hesitation in awarding Green Adventure this year's top prize....

With no substantial external funds, their success in helping put the community on the path to sustainable regeneration has been excellent. ...

Ideals and visions have been put into practice with both energy and careful economic: planning. ...

We particularly applaud their efforts to make their projects participatory and widely inclusive.

Green Adventure has revitalized and energized the entire community, and its spirit should spread across the area.

 

About the Project

Green Adventure in Camberwell, London is an inspiring and exciting example of the extent to which local people can empower themselves and take charge of the regeneration of their communities.

Background

The scheme's mission, largely inspired by the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, is to enable and encourage those who live in cities, and particularly the socially and economically disadvantaged, to engage in practical projects which promote the sustainable development o their environment.

The goal of Green Adventure is the empowerment and regeneration of the local community and the raising of the quality of local life for future generations to come. Such ambition is supported at grass roots level by practical programmes of environmental development that are transforming the landscape of Camberwell.

 

Major Projects: The two main projects that Green Adventure are currently implementing are an Orchards Plan and in Organic Produce Box Scheme.


The Camberwell Green Orchard has proved to be an inspirational example of small scale environmental planning.

Since planting began on Easter Sunday 1996 with 12 fruit trees, 20 fruit bushes and a variety of herbs and flowers, Green Adventure have assisted local people in setting up, planting and maintaining small productive green spaces in the midst of the inner city.


Shannon (Volunteer) & Stefania (GA Co-Ordinator) at the first open day of the Camberwell Orchard: it started like this! A bare patch of grass and a community BBQ with facepainting to attract people in order to tell them of the idea... the first trees were planted, now in 2004 this patch is full of green shade & luscious fruit in summer.

 

Funds were obtained from Civic Trust Local Projects FundSouthwark Council donated a fence and the Peabody Trust a notice board, but the majority of the money for plants and tools was raised by local residents, helped by local children who ran a jumble sale.

As well as fostering community spirit, this important venture has enabled city people of all ages and backgrounds to work with nature and become directly involved in food production and in conservation.

The project has been the subject of considerable interest from other community groups. The harvests have been a source of enjoyment for all those involved, especially the children.

The orchard has acted as much as a community centre as a producer of fruit.

There are monthly Orchard Days and community barbecues, and it was here that residents of the Peabody Estate first met and discussed the formation of their tenants association.

As a result of the success of the scheme a second orchard has since been developed.

 

Likewise, the Organic Produce Box Scheme has enhanced the value and quality of life in Camberwell by delivering local organically grown vegetables, fruit and other produce (bread, eggs, honey), to the homes of people in the area.

The scheme runs a self-help buying club and the sorting and deliveries are made entirely by members.

recycling collection has now been incorporated into the scheme with kitchen waste being used as compost in the orchards.

Overall delivery targets for the scheme have been consistently exceeded.

As a result of the programme, organic farming in Camberwell has been supported and, perhaps more importantly, the health of residents shows a marked improvement.

This initiative has proved to be increasingly popular, particularly on Camberwell's estates, where many of the scheme's members live.

The two major programmes are indications both of the strength of Green Adventure's commitment to promoting sustainable development and of the wider potential for organic farming and environmentally considerate lifestyles to empower the individual and the community.

Green Adventure's practical approach to implementing these ideas and providing solutions to urban problems focuses above all on designing sustainable and productive environments which can provide for the community's essential needs: food, energy, shelter and social interaction.

Other projects in Camberwell have also been taken on to this end - a Green Visions library, further recycling measures, and several youth projects.

 

Youth work is playing an increasing role in Green Adventure's ideals and projects.

Green Adventure Youth Action (GAYA) project has been established and environmental training and education comprises a growing part of GA's programme.

The young people of Camberwell have benefited from the enriching experiences of planting trees and caring for the local environment and have established a paper collection round on their estate during the summer holiday period.

Much of Green Adventure's work is now supported by the Southwark Local Exchange & Trading System (LETS) scheme. The box system proves a great incentive to people joining the LETS.

Furthermore, the LETS has encouraged more community building. Green Adventure has also contributed greatly to the setting up of the new Battersea LETS scheme and acts as the focal point for the schemes in Southwark, Brixton and Lewisham.

 

None of the projects described above would have been possible without the energetic and devoted input of Green Adventure's army of volunteers.

GA was started as a small charity by local people in January 1995 and despite many fund-raising success stories, including three year core funding from the National Lottery Charities Board in 1996, the input of local people remains vital.

Green Adventure's first major project was the transformation of local wasteland into attractive Leaf Community Gardens, a locally inspired and organized initiative which has been of value both in improving the environment beyond recognition and in tapping and building up community spirit.

Today the management committee of Green Adventure is composed of people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, and all the members are committed to investing in the further training and development of staff and volunteers as GA expands.

GA members are now using their experience to advise other local community across London on the setting up of similar projects.

 

Green Adventure is going from strength lo strength.

Playschemes for children and toddlers have been developed and further orchards will be acquired and should he established in the coming year.

The box scheme will he expanded and he more closely linked to the paper recycling operations.

course will be run in 'permaculture' - the practice of developing sustainable local environments and self-sufficient local economies that is so central to Green Adventure's philosophy.

GA is also actively rescuing greenhouses from dereliction, and putting them to use as community-run garden centres and foci of local economic development.

They are also instrumental in developing a community-led SRB plan for the Oval area in London.

Finally, building work is to start on a multi-purpose, energy efficient community centre, with a roof garden and cafe that will consolidate GA's place in Camberwell life.

Ultimately, it is hoped to create a forest garden in this centre. 

Fund-raising for these activities is on-going and given Green Adventure's past record should prove to be a positive experience.

As noted above, GA is also increasing its links with similar organizations outside the immediate area and this too should ensure the continuing sustainability of their schemes.

It is important lo note that all the projects are self-sustaining and would continue lo prosper if GA lost its external grants.

Green Adventure have also been approached by de Government's New Deal contractors about organizing an Environmental Task Force project and are also examining their possible involvement under de Voluntary Section Option.

 

Panel Comments: ...Despite intense competition, we have no hesitation in awarding Green Adventure this year's top prize....

With no substantial external funds, their success in helping put the community on the path to sustainable regeneration has been excellent. ...

Ideals and visions have been put into practice with both energy and careful economic: planning. ...

We particularly applaud their efforts to make their projects participatory and widely inclusive.

Green Adventure has revitalized and energized the entire community, and its spirit should spread across the area.

 

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