As part of the National Housing Federation's Homes at the Heart campaign, we would like to share this case study that tells the story of a group of residents in Camborne who have been enjoying connecting with nature to improve wellbeing and bring together their local community.
The Smartline Green Space project has continued to go from strength to strength this year and won a Coastline customer award in January.
The Green Space project was created when residents in Coronation Avenue, Camborne, told Smartline colleagues they wanted more activities which brought people together and helped them feel they belonged in their local communities. Others said they wanted to improve their physical health.
The group suggested developing an underused outdoor space known as the “big green” as a way of bringing people together and spending more time outdoors.
With support from Smartline, a community committee made up of willing volunteers was set up to lead the project, with plans being developed to create a wild flower area and raised beds and planters.
“This has been a brilliant way of getting the local community to work together,” said Babs Eveson, chair of the Community Green Space Committee. “When the idea for Green Space was first suggested, we went round knocking on doors to see what people thought about the idea. The overwhelming majority were all for it and so we agreed to form a committee to try and make it happen.”
The group drew up initial plans for the space and then worked with local illustrator Mel Chadwick to produce images for how it could look.
They have also been working hard to involve other local groups in the project, including students from Camborne Science and International Academy, and applying for grants. The project has been awarded £1,000 from Camborne Town Council and £1,500 from Coastline Housing’s Funding and Grants Committee.
We are all looking forward to watching this develop over the coming months to become a fantastic community resource.