Thornton Heath became the focal point of the project. In partnership with local music artist Loyle Carner, National Park City and Croydon Council, we started with a Community Engagement Event to gather feedback and launch the project to the local community. We wanted to ensure we developed a space that was truly valued and sustainable. The final installation took place over 2 weeks, with our partners Urban Growth, and was supported by volunteers from local community groups, transforming the space into what it is today- a new multi-use, green community space, leaving a legacy in Croydon for years to come.
South London-born musician Loyle Carner is a BRIT and Mercury-nominated artist that grew up in Croydon and was passionate about finding a project that would benefit the community of that area. The community had been lobbying for some time for a central space where they could come together, be outdoors and connect with nature. Loyle gave a voice to their vision.
Nature Needs Heroes strives to show how individuals working together can have positive impact on local environments through greening, helping reverse the effects of climate change, benefit social integration, mental health and creativity. We are calling on real people, real heroes to make a difference every day and create real change.