The project traces the boundary lines of houses that were formerly on the site, using lines of lavender, and creating spaces between the lines for wild flowers and opportunities for community planting.
The history of the site, the previous houses and their residents, was researched with Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society and interpreted in the landscape on metal plaques.
The project has also been awarded additional funding from the Mayor of London’s Community Green Space scheme, allowing enhanced planting and community gardening activities.
Planting has taken place in different areas of the park with local residents as part of Friends of Linear Park, Transition Leytonstone, and with local schools George Mitchell Seniors, Connaught School for Girls and Norlington School for Boys. Community gardening was supported by Carole Wright and TCV, and herbal workshops run by Rasheeqa Ahmad.
Making Places is a unique £1m arts and cultural programme, funded by Waltham Forest Council, aiming to revitalise the borough with artwork and cultural interventions, which will have an impact on local communities and surrounding neighbourhoods. The Making Places project is delivered in partnership with Create London.