All posts by Catherine Bartram

Greener together – live!

Join us for a day of talks, stalls and hands-on activities in and around the Winns Gallery in beautiful Lloyd Park. Be inspired to interact more with your outdoor spaces and celebrate London becoming the world’s first National Park City.

The day will see a collection of stalls showcasing outdoor activities for people to get involved in and there will be an array of fast-paced talks to inspire people to take a different view of London’s urban environment and get out and about more. There will be opportunities to create artworks and, if you’re game, to get your hands muddy! National Park City Makers will be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions you have about the National Park City.

Our speakers will be imagining a greener, healthier and wilder London. Each talk will ask ‘What if?’ For example, what if the Town Hall fountain was a wildlife pond? What if offices only had outdoor walk-and-talk meetings? What if we had more indoor jungles? What if mini-Holland was maxi-Holland? And what if these ideas weren’t just in our imagination but just around the corner?

Leave the event with a new view of London and knowing how to get more involved in the outdoors and make a difference!

It is a free event. Just turn up on the day to take part or book free tickets for the talks in advance here as there will be a limited amount available on the day.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @wmbiglocal for more event updates or email for further information or to apply to be a stallholder or speaker.

When: 11.00am – 4.15pm, Saturday 27th July

Where: Winns Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow

What: A day of inspirational talks, stalls and activities to mark London becoming a National Park City

The event is run by William Morris Big Local, a resident-led, Lottery-funded project that aims to make our ward an even better place to live. One of the residents’ priorities was to make our outdoor spaces and external environment both more useful and beautiful for the benefit of all who live, work and play here to increase their usage. It is with this in mind that we have created this event.

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Urban by nature

Introducing our sister project, a three year programme with arts at its core, to implement community-led change in the Wood Street and William Morris neighbourhoods. In our consultation process, we asked YOU what you wanted and based on the feedback we received, the following ideas were curated :

A Pop-up programme to enable young people to connect with peers, develop skills and have new creative experiences through takeovers, schools partnerships and creative enterprise development

Creative Courts – a programme to turn basketball courts into giant works of art to help promote grassroots basketball and fund basketball sessions for local residents

A new Urban by Nature studio space run by Wood Street Walls CIC, with 5 new maker-spaces, co-working desks and food prep areas for local street food operators and creatives to provide much needed creative infrastructure for the borough.

Crowdfunding hub on civic crowdfunding platform Spacehive, with drop in support and development sessions for people to help realise their own ideas for creative events and activities for the area with both in kind and financial support.

Street Art Tours – local residents will be trained to take people on local tours. Funds raised will enable the project to pay a London Living Wage to the newly trained tour guides and raise further funds for the Urban by Nature project.

An International Arts Exchange Program – starting with partnerships with Art House Jersey (video below) and Waterford Walls in Ireland, that will see local creatives visit areas overseas and lay on exchange trips for young people to visit emerging destinations.

An ambitious part of the project is forming business partnerships to help give people new pathways into the creative industries. Working with local businesses, Urban by Nature plans to develop new products in collaboration with these businesses to generate new revenue for the project, long after the three year programme completes, with a view to creating a sustainable model for creative programming locally. Watch this space for more updates on the project!

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William Morris Birthday Party 2019

We had another wonderful get together in Lloyd Park celebrating what would have been the great mans birthday. Much fun was had by all and we met many new potential volunteers which is essential to the work we do. We are proudly run by residents for residents and cannot improve our corner of the community without this vital lifeblood.

Our baking competition allowed us to sample some pretty yummy cakes and the Under 13’s winners cake (pictured here) was truly outstanding. It was also an opportunity to inform residents about this years Big Lunch in June and our Community Chest Grant scheme which has just opened, as well as chat, drink tea, greet old friends and connect with new ones. The sun shone and a lot of happy children left the park that sunny Spring day with faces painted, hair braided and special memories to treasure.

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