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We are delighted to be working with Timberland, National Park City Campaign, Loyle Carner and Croydon Council to make some neglected corners of south London green for the Nature Needs Heroes campaign.

To kick off Timberland’s largest ever global campaign, Nature Needs Heroes, they have teamed up with us and the London National Park City Foundation, to promote positive change for local communities and the environment. 

The partnership will allow us to transform two urban spaces in Croydon, turning them into green community hubs to bring the Nature Needs Heroes campaign to life. The projects are a new community square in Thornton Heath and a tranquil garden at the BRIT School.

Critically acclaimed south London music artist Loyle Carner sits at the forefront of the Timberland Nature Needs Heroes campaign, announced in line with Timberland’s commitment to plant 50 million trees over the next five years. The urban greening project launched with an open community event on the 17th October at the new community square, directly opposite Thornton Heath station in London.

This consultation event marked the first phase of the urban greening development, with entertainment by local artists including Loyle, vegan food stalls and a glimpse of the transformation concepts. The event provided the local community with the chance to give further feedback and input on the development plans. Loyle and the team also supported NPCF in their drive to recruit a network of Volunteer National Park City Rangers in London. 

Councillor Paul Scott, Croydon Council’s cabinet lead for planning and regeneration, said: “This collaboration will boost our plans to transform the public space outside Ambassador House and we’re pleased Loyle, Timberland and NPCF have chosen our borough to launch this fantastic campaign”.

Loyle Carner’s personal connection to the area creates a desire to give back to his community:

 “As someone who grew up deep in south London, I know how little love particular spots have been given. I feel pretty lucky to be part of a movement trying to bring the community together through ‘urban greening’. A lot of the reading I’ve done recently shows there’s a strong connection between greenery, creativity and mental wellbeing”

Loyle Carner

The artist has interacted with local residents for ideas, the project will also build on the work done by Croydon Council’s regeneration team and the Thornton Heath community, ensuring the area is developed in a way that can be enjoyed for generations to come. 

Loyle is also involved in creating a tranquil place at The BRIT School, his old stomping ground. Having approached his previous head teacher, Stuart Worden, this project created a tranquil garden for students and staff to enjoy, reflect and unwind. 

Ben Smith, Trustee for NPCF said: “We’re excited by the potential of this partnership and delighted that we have been able to help connect Timberland and Loyle Carner to the London Borough of Croydon. We’re looking forward to seeing how the local community engage with the urban greening projects”

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