On Wednesday 4th May 2016, a group of volunteers from Bond Street Station Upgrade and Crossrail Bond Street team volunteered to complete the work of over 300 volunteers to build a community garden on the Barnsbury Estate near Kings Cross Station. They undertook several tasks including finishing off the centre art installation, creating hanging art for the children’s area, weeding, planting flowers and shrubs for the centrepiece, and planting wall hangers.
The Barnsbury Estate Community Garden Project is run by Newlon Fusion as part of the Improved Lifestyle Initiative. With a budget of just £5,000 and total reliance on volunteers, the charity set out to completely transform the space into a garden for the whole community to use.
Newlon Fusion hopes the garden will create a sense of community for locals and help to improve their mental and physical health. Research has shown that exposure to green spaces reduces stress and increases a sense of wellness and belonging.
After finishing the project, the garden was able to be opened up to the public just in time for the summer.
Entry submitted by Costain Laing O'Rourke JV
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