About the proposed bee colony

So far there has not been any consultation about whether residents and those affected want to have bees on the roof of one of the blocks, which are to be maintained by Hackeny City Farm.

Snowdrop bulbs were planted on the estate to provide food / nectar for the bees during the colder winter month and early spring.


The Parkview gardening Volunteers prepare a lawn area for mixed natural habitat planting. Doesn’t it remind us of Extinction Rebellion diggin up the lawn in Cambridge?

My concerns are around the behaviour of the bees in such a close environment to do with pedestrians using the foot pathes. A lot of snowdrop bulbs were planted along the footpath in front of Rosebery House. The path is very busy with small children, parents and residents who either walk past the block or live in it. Also the lawns around Rosebery House have been adapted with bee-friendly plants.

Also we do have a large school in the middle of the estate and the school must be agreeing to having bees nearby whilst children are playing in the playgrounds or having windows open in the summer.

My family kept bees for centuries in the country-side and honey is one of my favourite sweeteners and I am all in favour of bees as very important and instrumental for our food production. But there is a question whether a busy housing estate with a school is the right place to keep a beehive.

I do understand there are bees in the city. But I think there are no housing estates, they are on a law building in Russell Square and the Museum of London, which are different environments.

I think more research needs to be done and questions asked why our estate was chosen for the scheme.

There is now a lot of emphasis on planting fruit trees and fruit bushes and bee-friendly plants. I understand that in other countries fruit trees are planted all around a town. In Copenhagen fruit trees are grown in cities as a project to support the whole city.  There the project is paid for by the Council and the maintenance is the local governments responsibility. Yet this scheme here seems to be only happening on Parkview estate in London and it brings its own problems.

Fruit trees shed fruit and that can cause a problem with removing the rotting fruit, there needs to be planned maintenance. Rotting fruit causes a lot of methane, which is very dangerous for the environment unless the rotting fruit gets recycled, which is again a lot of maintenance in a city environment. Many farmers can’t even recycle their unsold rotting produce. We do have a large fruit tree in Bishops way, the fruits are bright red and nobody ever eats them, they rot away on the pavement and lawn each year.

We do not even have food recycling in the area. And who is going to recycle all the falling fruit?

I think in general the Council only plans to plant normal trees in Tower Hamlets. We should not become an enlargement of Hackney City Farm, because this is what’s happening right now.

I have written to Tower Hamlets Homes and to Councillor Sirajul Islam and have asked for the reasoning behind it and wonder what other residents think about it.

This will be a budget decision also as the money for the fruit trees and bushes and bulbs is paid for by the Residents Association budget and not by Tower Hamlets Homes or Tower Hamlets Council. So the long-term maintenance will fall on us.

Health Festival 2020

Everyone is welcome at the Tower Hamlets Homes Health Festival and Community Fun Day.

Saturday 29 Feb 2020 – 11am to 3pm (Collingwood Community Hall)

Saturday 7 March 2020 – 11am – 3pm (Mulberry & Bigland Green Centre)

Come and meet local and national health and wellbeing providers at THH’s annual Health Festival with all activities free of charge.

At the event you can boost your wellbeing by visiting free information stalls, take a health check, enjoy a head or shoulder massage, have a go on smoothie bikes or try your hand at street art plus loads more.  Free refreshments will be available.

Games and activities for younger residents will be available too.


1.  Collingwood Community Hall, Collingwood St, E1 5RB  – Saturday 29 Feb 2020

2. Mulberry & Bigland Green Centre, 15 Richard St, E1 2JP – Saturday 7 March 2020


Liveable streets

Our area was not included in the main Bethnal Green consultation but is included in phase 2, planned for 2020 – 2022 including :

  • Brick Lane
  • Barcantine
  • Shadwell
  • Old Ford Road West
  • Mile End West
  • East Ferry/St. John’s

Currently the council has started to consult on the Barcantine area.


Our estate is included in the Old Ford Road West scheme, see map here.

Parents who consider applying for Gatehouse School have enquired about perspective changes and consultations but so far our area has not been directly consulted other than the cycle route consultation proposed from Victoria Park through to Mile End.

From a Neighbourhood Watch perspective it would be interesting to enquire how traffic around our estate affects crime numbers, I shall endeavour to do that.

I will be back to you, once the consultation on our area has started.


TV interview about Raine’s school

protest-bannerA freelance journalist and camera operative will be outside of Raine’s Foundation school in Approach Road today at 2pm today, 22. Feb. 2020 and all our residents who want to participate in this filming are more than welcome to join us. The interviews will be shown on national TV.

Please let us know how the closure of Raine’s school affected you and your family.

Whilst we see a few school amalgamations taking place in the borough, Raine’s parents were hit especially hard as our closure and planned amalgamation does not go anyway as planned. We did not expect this to happen as we just had a brand-new building with refurbishments of the Lower school, costing £17 Million, money that will not be spent in the best interest of Council tax payers in the borough.

Our parents work locally and expected to send their kids to the local school and we all paid our council taxes, which were invested into that new school building. Instead the council wants to spent more money on building a new school in Wapping instead and close our school here in Bethnal Green.

Please come outside of Raine’s school this afternoon and voice your concerns.

Food recycling petition

There is a petition on the Council’s website that supports a food recycling scheme for all households in the borough and not just for houses as it currently is.

We the undersigned petition the council to provide food waste recycling service to all households. Currently only 30,000 of the over 125,000 households in Tower Hamlets are provided with food waste recycling services (1). This limited availability of food waste recycling is fundamentally damaging to the environment. Food waste accounts for over 40% of household waste for an average household in the borough (2). Currently the only option for those without food waste recycling is to put food waste in the standard black collection bins for landfill. Food waste in landfill rots and releases harmful methane gas, which is 25x more potent than carbon dioxide. This significantly contributes to climate change (3). This is an avoidable scenario. Food waste, when recycled, can be converted into renewable energy and natural farm fertiliser. Anaerobic digesters are used to break down the food waste, which converts it into biogas for energy production (4). Any left over residue from this process is used as a naturally occurring fertilise…..

Please click the linkto support the petition.