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Mayor Awards London Clean-up Project

The Team London Awards Ceremony was held in December.  Mayor Boris Johnson awarded the Greening and Cleaning prize in the under 25’s category to Olivia Woodward for the DOST Garden Youth Project in Newham.

The project transformed a derelict piece of land at the Child and Family Consultation Service Centre on Barking Road, which provides support for young people with mental health problems.  Volunteer Olivia recruited 20 refugees and migrants who cleaned up the area, turning it into a haven for children and families to relax in between therapy sessions.

After clearing the space, they constructed a living-willow fence, built paths, raised beds, and created seating areas.  The garden is filled with herbs and fruit trees, and will grow seasonal vegetables.

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