Welcome to our steering group – not to be confused with a steering wheel, a different thing entirely. A steering wheel enables a vehicle to adapt, according to the needs and wishes of the occupant, while a steering group enables an organisation to adapt, according to the needs and wishes of the group…. Oh. They are very similar! Anyway. Our group was set up by local residents Karen Chung and Gareth Morris to create a new neighbourhood hub for the Elephant and Castle.
Lamlash Garden is a Community Association, so we have a Constitution (a set of rules governing what we do), and a bank account. We’re not a charity (yet!) and our work on Castle Place was crowdfunded on Spacehive (Summer 2017). Our feasibility study will research, consult, sketch and cost ideas to create a new community hub for the Elephant, with Karen and Gareth, advised by, and reporting to, our steering group (local residents and representatives from local community groups), every six weeks.
We go to the Hayles Tenants and Residents’ Association meetings every month – everyone is welcome, so do come along. And email us firstname.lastname@example.org, follow us on Twitter– and keep an eye on the Lamlash Garden noticeboard. The Castle Place feasibility study ends in October 2018. Massive thanks to resident and artist Crispin Hughesfor our photos!
It would be wonderful to see more things like this accessible to people like me!
During the creation of Lamlash Garden, resident and journalist Karen Chung, aka Industry of Chung, harvested worms from local gardens to establish its compost bins – a fact that still mortifies her children.
Resident and architect Gareth Morris develops ideas and strategies for more sustainable urban environments with his practice, what if: projects – and helped create Lamlash Garden. A good egg and a true grafter.
Cool job title: Val is Bankside Urban Forest Manager at Better Bankside – told you! ‘It’s the sharing of spaces like these that make a huge difference to everyone’s quality of life’ she says. We couldn’t agree more!
A former artist and teacher, West Square resident Susanna Lyell first lived in the Elephant in the 1980s. She is known to strongly disapprove of speeding traffic – and be exceedingly fond of quince jelly.
As well as being a brilliant councillor and local champion, Maria also heads Su Mano Amiga, a charity that aims to stop domestic violence in Latin American communities. Maria Linforth-Hall, we salute you!
Robert Jamieson is the closest Castle Place will get to Game of Thrones. Honestly: look at him! Not only is he Community Engagement officer at Community Southwark – he looks like he’s in the Night’s Watch!