NATURE NEEDS HEROES

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We partnered with local change makers to bring real projects to life with local communities, playing a small part on the path to a more environmentally conscious world.

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THORNTON HEATH,
SW LONDON

Discover how Thornton Heath became a thriving
green space led by Loyle Carner and the local community

thornton heath
london - croydon
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THE PROJECT

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.

LOYLE CARNER

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.

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Tonnes of potting soil

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Different plants

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Over 50 volunteers

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Tonnes of potting soil

250

Different plants

50

Over 50 volunteers

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THE CITY

NATURE NEEDS HEROES

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.

MEET OUR HEROES DISCOVER THE AMSTERDAM PROJECT
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london - croydon
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REIGERSBOS,
AMSTERDAM SOUTHEAST

Find out how we helped the community of Reigersbos
kick start their urban greening project

Kazerne fire station
Amsterdam - reigersbos
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THE PROJECT

Reigersbos in Amsterdam Southeast is a place with lots of creativity, but a lack of opportunities. Maru Asmellash, born and raised in Southeast and initiator of community center Kazerne, wants to bridge this gap and create opportunities for local talent. Together with him and his community, we built ''Jamgarden Amsterdam'' next to the community center. A communal garden to empower creativity, entrepreneurship and diversity. In the garden, all kinds of fruit are grown to make jams from, but it’s also a perfect space for creative jam sessions and events, from small concerts and poetry slams to harvest parties and jam cooking workshops.

THE COMMUNITY

Jamgarden Amsterdam is a garden by and for the community of Reigersbos, a neighborhood in Amsterdam Southeast. The neighborhood has been on the rise for years and that helps all kinds of parties grow, except for the people who live there themselves. For ten years, nothing has been initiated to help the younger generation in the neighborhood, according to Maru. That is why Maru wants to offer a springboard for local young creative talent, with Jamgarden Amsterdam. Everyone who has worked on the garden finds their roots in Reigersbos. And by inviting the neighborhood to think about various creative events in the garden, Maru stimulates creativity and entrepreneurship.

REGREEN
THE CITY

NATURE NEEDS HEROES

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.

MEET OUR HEROES DISCOVER THE LONDON PROJECT
Kazerne fire station
Amsterdam - reigersbos
Kazerne Maru Asmellash Kazerne Maru Asmellash Kazerne Maru Asmellash Kazerne Maru Asmellash Kazerne Maru Asmellash Kazerne Maru Asmellash 
Kazerne Maru Asmellash Kazerne Maru Asmellash Kazerne Maru Asmellash Kazerne Maru Asmellash Kazerne Maru Asmellash Kazerne Maru Asmellash