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2000: Millennium Greening Project

To celebrate the Millennium, the Trust chose a two-part ‘Greening’ project.

Knight’s London (1842) described Seven Dials as the "Hanging Gardens of Babylon". The wide shop entablatures (the ‘shelves’ above the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century shop fronts), provide perfect sites for window boxes.  Taking its cue from this, The Trust offered local residents and businesses ready-planted window boxes at subsidised prices. The scheme was well-received with excellent take up. 

The Trust also worked with pupils from our two local primary schools, St. Joseph's in Camden and St. Clement Danes in Westminster, to create hanging baskets. We arranged for the Royal Horticultural Society education officer to give each class a two-hour lesson about plants. Trust Chairman David Bieda, a youth worker for many years, then took each class through a planting session which lasted an afternoon. David recalls how impressed he was by how much knowledge the pupils had retained from their RHS sessions.  Both groups came up with the same planting solution: making an 18” cut out, marking the planting positions for each basket before planting commenced. Each pupil received a ‘Greening 2000’ T-shirt and a certificate signed respectively by the Mayor of Camden and the Lord Mayor of Westminster.

From the Millennium Greening Project brochure.

From the Millennium Greening Project brochure.

Press coverage of the Millennium Greening Project (01).

Press coverage of the Millennium Greening Project (01).

Press coverage of the Millennium Greening Project (02).

Press coverage of the Millennium Greening Project (02).

Press coverage of the Millennium Greening Project (03).

Press coverage of the Millennium Greening Project (03).

St Clement Danes preparation.

St Clement Danes preparation and planting.

St Josephs School Drury Lane.

Both schools in Drury Lane.

 The pupils from St Joseph's school received certificates signed by the Mayor of Camden and the pupils from St Clement Danes received certificates signed by the Lord Mayor of Westminster.

The pupils from St Joseph's school received certificates signed by the Mayor of Camden and the pupils from St Clement Danes received certificates signed by the Lord Mayor of Westminster.

Children from both schools received a Plant Force 2000 tee-shirt, featuring the leaf motif.

Children from both schools received a Plant Force 2000 tee-shirt, featuring the leaf motif.

Hanging baskets planted by the children, in Earlham Street.

Baskets planted by the children, in Earlham Street.

Baskets planted by the children, in Neal Street and Short's Gardens.

Baskets planted by the children, in Neal Street and Short's Gardens.

Chairman David Bieda and administrator Barbara Field with some of the window boxes destined for the ledges of Seven Dials.

Chairman David Bieda and administrator Barbara Field with some of the window boxes destined for the ledges of Seven Dials.

Earlham and Mercer Streets baskets.

Neal Street and Shaftesbury Avenue.

Neal and Mercer Streets.

Shaftesbury Avenue and Neal Street.

Earlham Street.

Mercer and Shelton Streets.

Charing Cross Road and Earlham Street.

Earlham and Neal Streets.

Shaftesbury Avenue and Neal Street.

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Shaftesbury boxes in Earlham Street.

Millennium Greening project throughout Seven Dials.

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