“We talked, we listened, and we made plans to transform the square right outside Thornton Heath station”
The local community took a leading role in bringing it together, adding their own finishing touches to the space to make it alive and welcoming. Members of the community were given a time slot, to comply with social distancing guidelines, and invited down to plant something beautiful, making their own contribution to the future of their community.
Allowing the people of Thornton Heath to have an active role in this project was pivotal to creating a space they will actually use, a place which is inspiring and encourages creativity.
“Music’s a leveller and in this instance its opened doors and brings my community together on a project that personally means a lot”
The project kicked off last October, when Loyle Carner teamed up with Timberland and London National Park City to promote positive change for local communities and the environment on his home turf of Croydon, a notorious concrete jungle. The first phase of the urban greening development at Thornton Heath was also marked with an open community event involving locals to provide feedback and input into the project.
"Feels good to be home. I was lucky to grow up around green space, but in my area that’s not how it is for everyone. So, I took a small but vital step in the right direction to bring more green space to the Croydon community. I’m still moved that Timberland would support such a grassroot initiative, and help us link up with London National Park City”
Timberland and Loyle collaborated with Croydon council, National Park City, Urban growth and the local community to bring this idea to life. The end result is a colourful representation of everyone involved, injecting that piece of tranquillity we get from nature into this urban jungle. The idea was to take the positive state of mind nature gives us and bring that into the city to give people something uplifting. Taking something grey and making it green, creating a space which is alive and welcoming that people can enjoy on a daily basis