By James Cornish
A Brixton street came together at the weekend to try to reverse decades of decline.
Forty residents spent two days painting, planting and pruning to restore some of Leander Road’s former glory.
Front gardens that were devoid of greenery were equipped with plants and planters and six privet hedges were put in. More than 40 walls were given a lick of paint with guerrilla tactics the order of the day.
The event went a long way to restoring the sense of community lost over the years; it was the first event in the street since 1953.
‘It was fantastic to see everyone working together and getting to know one another,’ said Mo Khwiss, one of the street’s volunteers.
‘After we had finished I went back out into the road again to see all that we had done and it was incredible. Everyone got involved, young and old. We are definitely going to do it again.’
The neighbours’ initiative was backed by a £300 grant from the L&Q Housing Association and helped by the Freshview team from Lambeth council.
The council’s Jason Prentis said: ‘This may be the best Freshview event yet. I was really surprised at the numbers that came out to help.’
The works are a curtain-raiser to the street’s big event – a party on Tuesday 5 June, to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.