RAA are proud to announce an exciting project that will transform the main entrance and forecourt to the allotments on Rosendale Road. The London Wildlife Trust is leading on a project to depave our forecourt (remove all the concrete) and the path to the Community Building as part of the wider ‘Lost Effra’ project, which aims to promote practical ways of helping communities work with nature and rainwater to prevent local flooding.
New cellular paving will be laid and covered with a combination of grass and gravel with vehicle access up to the compound gates for Stores deliveries. This surface along with meadow flowers and grasses at the sides will absorb a large proportion of the rainwater runoff from the site, slowly releasing it into the drainage systems rather than overwhelming the sewers, and contributing to flooding further downhill.
This project is completely free of charge to the Association. Mace (consultancy and construction) have volunteered their services in managing the structural engineering; J Coffey Construction have volunteered their labour and expertise; Lambeth is removing all waste free of charge and the London Wildlife Trust is financing the planting, which will be undertaken by our volunteers on a community planting day. RAA are extremely grateful for all the hard work and funding that has been donated for our benefit.
Please be aware: There will be disruption over the two weeks (2–13 March) estimated to complete the work (in the event of very bad weather work could continue until 27 March). The main gate at 227 Rosendale Road will be closed every weekday while work is being carried out, so pedestrian access will only be by either of the two Lovelace Road gates. No parking or unloading will be allowed the outside the main entrance. However the Stores and the main gate will be opened at weekends (6pm Friday to 7am Monday) with pedestrian access made safe. We apologise for any inconvenience to members.
The depave project will improve the look of the forecourt and path; help address local flooding issues; increase biodiversity at the allotments and act as an educational showcase for sustainable front garden and off road parking design in the local community.