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.

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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.

Venues

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

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criminals operate on the estate

I have noticed people in yellow vests, looking like care takers rummaging through rubbish bins and also on one occasion a person wearing a Tower Hamlets Homes vest knocked on my door and asked to be let in to test the water temperature in my bath room. I contacted Tower Hamlets Homes who have nobody doing such a job. Neither did the man have any ID.

Many people now use fake vests to pretend to be from an organisation. It is very important to not open the door without the safety chain in place until you know who is there and that you can trust them.

Many mail order firms now text you an estimated arrival time or even let you trace the whereabouts of the delivery driver online.

Those criminals in person are the ones you can see but those who contact us using the phone or email are another danger to our safety and security. Advice about phishing is given on this page and widely availabel online.

I had a call on my phone screaming at me to immediately push a number button or I shall be arrested. Probably they rented a premium line and I would have been charged a lot for answering the call or they wanted details of my bank accounts.

It is safe to use a landline with an answer machine and only answer once the caller speaks onto the tape and you know who is calling and then answer the call rather than answering any call without knowing who calls. Some caller displays show incorrect numbers, which I noticed when I reported such a case to Action Fraud action-fraud-logo-bigto make a complaint. click this link to get to their website.

 

Stay safe.

anti-pollution initiative

Today is a day of Global Climate Strike. We all need clean air and there is now a new initiative that enables everybody to take part in a huge process, which will contact all of our Members of Parliament and hand a petition to government with the aim of reducing air pollution.

If you visit the website Addresspollution.org, you can input your postcode, select your exact address and get a reading of air quality in your neighbourhood. You then get the option to take part in a petition, also involving Tower Hamlets Council to reduce air pollution in our area.

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Find out what your addresses’ air quality rating is and have the option to demand action.

As you can see from the sample picture above, Sewardstone Road, right next to Gatehouse School, had a rating of 3, which exceeds the annual legal limit and one can then press the button Demand Action, to get to a petition page. This rating of 3, is despite being located next to a park and having a medium tree cover in the area, it is just due to the constant through traffic. Our estate is surrounded by busy roads.

I think that is a good idea for our estate residents to take part in. If your browser doesn’t immediately throw up the result, try refreshing the page, it did the trick for me.

What we could demand for Parkview roads are vertical moss walls or even just planting house walls with climbing plants, which reduce pollution considerably.