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Community gardens plot in Clissold Park, part of the successful Growing Communities social enterprise project through which local people can get involved in growing and distributing produce via organic veg box schemes, a farmers' market and a range of urban gardening sites. Attribution: ceridwen

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The London Borough of Hackney is a London borough in Inner London. Hackney is bounded by Islington to the west, Haringey to the north, Waltham Forest to the north-east, Newham to the east, Tower Hamlets to the south-east and the City of London to the south-west. Hackney was one of the host boroughs of the London Olympics in 2012, with several of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park venues falling within its boundaries. W

Climate action[edit | edit source]

  • Zero Emissions Network,, "multiple award-winning air quality business liaison initiative... helps businesses and more recently, residents in London's City Fringe area save money, reduce emissions and improve local air quality.", added 15:25, 11 March 2022 (UTC)

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

Woodberry Wetlands is a nature reserve and designated Site of Metropolitan Importance on the site of the East Reservoir in Stoke Newington, Hackney. The site opened to the public for the first time in 200 years on 1 May 2016. Covering 4.5 ha (11 acres) and situated close to the Lee Valley, Woodberry Wetlands was acquired as a nature reserve in 2014. The site is owned by Thames Water and run by London Wildlife Trust. W

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Parks and open spaces in the London Borough of Hackney, (category) W


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Communities online[edit | edit source]

Shakepeare Neighbourhood and Butterfield Green

Community energy[edit | edit source]


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Cycling activism[edit | edit source]


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Hackney has the highest rate of commuters travelling by bicycle in London as of the 2011 census. W

Cycle routes in or around Hackney include National Cycle Route 1 W Due to the increase in cycle commuting since the 2005 London Bombings and increasing environmental awareness, the Regent's Canal's towpath has become a busy cycle route for commuters. National Cycle Route 1 includes the stretch along the canal towpath from Limehouse Basin to Mile End. British Waterways has carried out several studies into the effects of sharing the towpath between cyclists and pedestrians, all of which have concluded that despite the limited width there are relatively few problems. W

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Made in Hackney[edit | edit source]

Made In Hackney Community Cookery School
Authors: MadeIn Hackney, Aug 3, 2020

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Made in Hackney, pioneering eco-community kitchen that offers food growing and cooking classes to groups such as young carers, low-income families, people in care and people with long term health problems. Since launching in October 2012 the team have worked with a number of national and local organisations such as Action For Children, Off Centre, Inspire!, Catch 22 and Hackney Social Services to offer courses to their service users in healthy, affordable cookery skills.

Made in Hackney offer classes which include bread making, healthy baking, preserving, raw foods, family meals for £3, localised versions of international cuisine, home herbalism and even how to make non-toxic natural cleaning products and cosmetics.

Made in Hackney is an eco-community kitchen, all food waste is composted and taken to a local community garden, cleaning products are made from scratch using natural materials, shelves are made from reclaimed scaffold boards and counter tops are made from melted plastic vending machine coffee cups. They also use an ethical bank and renewable energy provider.[1]

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Hackney City Farm is a city farm and independent alternative school in Haggerston in the London Borough of Hackney. It is situated at the junction of Hackney Road and Goldsmith's Row.

The farm was established in 1984 as a community and educational resource and to give borough residents, particularly young people, experience of animals. The facilities at Hackney City Farm include a farmyard, area for grazing, garden and a tree nursery with butterfly house.[1] The amenity encourages children to learn about the natural environment, growing vegetables and caring for animals. The farm is home to a range of animals, including poultry, sheep, rabbits, bees, pigs and a donkey. Animals can be adopted at the farm, and free range eggs are for sale.

Hackney City Farm is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. It runs educational projects, exhibitions, courses in crafts and farm trails, and operates a café, Frizzante, which won a Time Out award for best family restaurant in 2004. In 2008, the cycling shop Bike Yard East opened in the farm, selling cycle products and offering repairs.

In 2015 Hackney City Farm registered with Ofsted as an independent alternative school. The farm has places for up to 10 pupils aged 13 to 17. W

Other initiatives[edit | edit source]

Tackling climate change through food and farming
Authors: growcomm, Oct 20, 2020

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Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

Recycling and Waste, information from Hackney Council

Sharing[edit | edit source]

see: Community resources

Social inclusion[edit | edit source]


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Xenia, Connect, share, learn, added 17:14, 21 February 2020 (UTC)

Hackney Borough of Sanctuary

Every ward remains among the 10% most deprived in the country, with 47% of children living in low-income households. W

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

65% of households in Hackney are car free. W

The Lea Valley Walk is a 50-mile (80 km) long-distance path located between Leagrave, the source of the River Lea near Luton, and the Thames, at Limehouse Basin, Limehouse, east London. From its source much of the walk is rural. The walk was opened in 1993 and is waymarked throughout using a swan logo. W

Regent's Canal is a canal across an area just north of central London. It provides a link from the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal, 550 yards (500 m) north-west of Paddington Basin in the west, to the Limehouse Basin and the River Thames in east London. The canal is 8.6 miles (13.8 km) long. W

Urban sustainability[edit | edit source]


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Play streets, Hackney Council, Hackney Play Association

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Community resources[edit | edit source]

Other resources[edit | edit source]

News and comment[edit | edit source]


Community food systems should be part of the new normal – here's why, New Economics Foundation, Apr 26[2]


Community parklets: Locals invited to apply as council reopens trial programme, Aug 7[3]


This firm is launching the UK's first energy trading community in Hackney, Nov 22[4]

We Went To London's First Zero Waste Shop And This Is What We Found, Sep 13[5]


Campaigners demand 'mini Holland' in Hackney after Walthamstow success, Nov 11[6]

Pedal power: kids set world record for annual Bike Around the Borough, Jul 8[7]


Theatre's green dream boosted by cash for carbon-neutral heating, October 22[8]

Hackney estate's solar project starts 'community energy revolution', October 6[9]


The Edible Map of Hackney, August 30[10]

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  • London Borough of Hackney W

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