Reclaiming the street

Findon Road

Findon Road

The residents of Findon road in Ward End undertook their first event with it’s accompanying road closure on the 1st of September. The weather was clearly on the residents’ side on this early Autumn day, the sun streamed down for the entire six hour event. Fortunately, a cold smoothie was never too far away. The residents had requested that we run several workshops: re-wilding workshops to add variation to their natural environment, our highly demanded pedal powered smoothie bike, accompanying these was our arts ‘n’ crafts workshop and our abundant sports and street game equipment.

Closing the road for six hours over the day ensured the neighbours could free up the space to make the area safe for the community, be it for them to: race around on bikes, play, eat, chat, laugh or gossip. We as active streets staff found out the importance of this, as it was stressed to us several times how the col-de-sac tends to be used as a little race-way with skid marks on the road as evidence, for them this was a real reclamation of their space for their families and friends.

The residents each cooked, baked, fried and set out a selection of mouth-watering food, which was free for all the neighbours to share their favourite dishes with each other and like true neighbours everybody broke bread together.

Re-wilding session

Re-wilding session

We’d brought along a couple of planters as a wilding activity for the children to get stuck in and muddy with. Our colleague Sam taught them how to plant various colourful flowers and pansies (See Photo) to fill each planter with. Subsequently, our colleague Grace ran a complementing arts ‘n’ crafts session to add even more colour to the neighbourhoods’ planters which ended up either side of the entrance of the road. Sam struck again, teaching the kids how to make bird feeders out of old plastic water bottles. Following the same pattern as before, Grace stepped in to colourise and personalise their creations.

Altogether, it was a successful event with everybody looking forward to the exciting events ahead.

Active Streets
10th September 2018  |  Dominic Gill