Rubbish dumping in Lozells was growing to epidemic levels with an increase in grot-spots near people’s homes and businesses. The local Ward was identified by the Council as a priority area for education and enforcement due to the scale of the issue.
A team of residents supported by a part-time Community Warden funded by the project, initially held street action days to clear bulky waste whilst using the face to face opportunity to remind households of refuse/recycling collection rules. With two local primary schools, the project held eco-weeks inviting children to take charge to protect the environment, with some joining the street action days on Saturdays. The earlier actions established a good relationship with the Council which led to a small strip of land designated for a community garden near the main Lozells Road.
In 2016, Lozells in Bloom got into full swing as the action team commenced a programme of planting hanging-baskets and flower beds in locations where residents came out to take charge near their homes. By July of 2016, the winners of the area’s first ever competition for the best front/back garden and street was held at the Lozells Community Awards ceremony. This was repeated in 2017 with more streets benefitting from the planting.