Alongside helping to reduce plastic pollution entering the environment through events like litter-picks, Plastic-Free Hackney’s 2019 Mission Statement highlights the importance of increasing biodiversity in the local community. Previously we have hosted events to plant trees along the River Lea Navigation Canal and are once again teaming up with the Canal and River Trust to bring a wildlife project along Hackney’s glorious River Lea.
Our organisation has adopted a stretch of the River Lea Navigation Canal starting at Lea Bridge Road working though the borough towards Hackney Wick. The Planting Project aims at not only increasing the plant and insect population but also increasing the biodiversity by reinstating native hedgerows and introducing reed beds in the water. To do this we are looking for volunteers to help at our upcoming events. Alongside our monthly litter-picks, come along and take part in a session helping to adapt an area near the Hackney Marshes Pavilion, whether its prepping, planting or building theres a task for you!
If you would like to get involved in the planning of this project, email us to let us know, or show up on the day to lend a helping hand!
We are also looking for reclaimed materials (such as wooden pallets, logs, wood etc) to create insect hotels, native British seeds to plant over the upcoming months and any gardening equipment you can spare! If you have anything that you would like included, start storing and let us know.
Together we can build a more diverse habitat and fight against the colony collapse of bees and other pollinating insects.
See you at an event soon!