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Green Spaces Project of the Month

June 2004 - Minet Country Park, West London
Contact: Micah Ingalls
Tel. 020 8574 5935
Email:
uk@arocha.org / Micah.Ingalls@archa.org

Minet Country Park is a newly created country park on a site of abandoned farmland in West London. International Christian conservation group A Rocha is facilitating the Living Waterways project with involvement of local Asian, white and Black communities from Southall and Hayes.

In an area of high-density housing where people have little access to green space, this once derelict site is beginning to flower, providing a welcome resource for local people and a vital habitat for wildlife. Skilled environmental scientists work alongside community activists to monitor changes in the way the site is used by plants, animals and human visitors. The site now has permanent legal protection. But developers are hoping to construct a huge housing estate on adjacent gas works land.A Rocha's strong links with local community groups help to give voice to the concerns of different sections of the community regarding the future of Minet Country Park. The project's inclusive approach ensures equal opportunities for all staff and volunteers, whilst stimulating interfaith dialogue and assisting social cohesion. A wide-ranging programme of activities gives people of all ages and abilities a chance to get closer to nature. This project is a good example of faith groups working together to tackle issues of social and environmental justice.

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