Could Car Less is designed for a family committed to giving up their car and choosing to travel more actively. It highlights a bike shelter and features that help increase urban biodiversity.
A rainwater harvesting system directs water to a compact forest garden, which is contrasted by an area of dry-garden planting where there is no irrigation.
The garden is inspired by a project delivered in 2021 by Regenerus as part of its ‘Taking Root in Bootle’ activities. Community gardens were closed during lockdown, so it introduced a front-yard growing project for 80 households to bring nature to the doorstep.
Many residents had never gardened before, and the scheme was a great success in motivating and encouraging communities to green up their small front yards. The garden shows how sustainable design can help transform urban areas into low traffic, clean, safe neighbourhoods.
The build has been a huge learning curve for all involved. This is the first Taking Root show garden after two successful years creating community borders.
With thanks to:
One Vision Housing
The Grass Roof Co
St Leonard’s Youth & Community Centre
Community by Nature
See what we did in 2021 here!