We don't celebrate our success enough so here's a place to post anything you think to be a positive achievement for a sustainable Hackney.
EAST MASRH Olympic Coach Park (Er- some mistake?)
What few people know is that thanks to a campaign by Hackney Marshes User Group the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) were persuaded NOT to concrete East Marsh for the Olympic car park. Instead we persuaded them to use an interlocking brick system on a temporary, water permeable base. OK I'm sure it has its drawbacks but concrete it aint so it's less carbon and easier to remove (hopefully).
I think that desrves a SH Bronze Medal
After years of campaigning, mainly by Hackney Parks Forum, we finally have substantial areas of long grass and wild flower mix in many parks (e.g.s Hackney Downs, London Fields, Well Street Common, Stoke Newington Common, etc). There have been several site specific initiatives by various groups but the borough wide success stems from the appointment in 2010 of a Biodiversity Officer at LBH. The wonderful Kate Mitchell, sadly (for us) now at LB Camden, managed to pilot the meadows and get many sewn before she left. Her appointment was another HPF success.
Long grass and wild flower mix meadows are great for insects, bats and lots of other wildlife.
And I think that's a Gold medal.
LEA NAVIGATION LIGHT POLLUTION TRIUMPH
I was unaware of this one until Tim Evans psoted it on the SH Yahoo group recently. At a bat walk on Millfields in which Kate Mitchell (see above) attended we observed a complete absence of bats around the Millfields Road LBH waste depot because of massive light pollution. Unknown to me Millfields Park User Group and Kate managed to get the lights turned off at night. Now bats and others can hunt along the Lea Navigation in darkness.
OK - over to you