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Herne Hill’s Station Square goes green

Volunteers have greened up Herne Hill’s Station Square with the help of new planters filled with garden waste collected from homes across London.

Volunteers including eight children from a special needs school in Dulwich, Turney School, set to work making the new planters from recycled scaffolding boards.

They then filled them with compost donated by Veolia and made from garden waste collected across London at the planting sessions this Monday and last week.

The scheme is part of Freshview, a collaboration between Lambeth Council and Veolia whereby the waste collection company helps local volunteers with community projects aiming to improve their local environment.

The company’s senior contract manager, Steve Verrier, said: “Freshview is a great example of the circular economy at work.

“We collect food and garden waste from households, recycle it into compost and use it to fill planters for community projects.

“The planters are made from scaffold boards that would otherwise have been discarded, so it’s great to be involved in projects that preserve and reuse valuable resources.”

Lambeth Council’s deputy leader, Claire Holland, said she hoped more people would come forward with ideas to improve their area as part of the scheme.

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