Hackney launches Toys Gift Appeal 2019

Toys Regift appeal

Hackney launches Toys Gift Appeal 2019

Hackney is staging its own Toy Story this Christmas with an appeal to families across the borough to gift outgrown and unwanted toys that other children can enjoy after the festive season to Hackney’s Toys Gift Appeal.

Hackney Council, in partnership with Forest Recycling Project, will run pre-loved toy collections at seven venues across the borough between Thursday 3 January and Wednesday 23 January 2019.

Last year, the scheme collected over 1,500 toys worth more than £5,500. This year, the Council hopes to receive even more – simply make sure any old toys being donated are in a good condition and are fit to be shared with other children. Residents can place their pre-loved toys in the containers provided at the following locations:

Stoke Newington Library, 182 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, N16 0JL
Dalston CLR, James Library Dalston Lane, E8 3BQ
Stamford Hill, Library Portland Avenue, N16 6SB
Central Library, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Clapton Library, Northwold Road, E5 8RA
Shoreditch Library, 80 Hoxton Street, N1 6LP
Homerton Library, Homerton High Street, E9 6AS

community parklet

Hackney rolls out first phase of community parklets

The first resident-designed community parklets arrived on Hackney’s streets earlier this month.

In July this year, the Council invited individuals and community groups to apply for a micro-grant to design and manage a parklet in place of a car parking space.

Since November, the Council has been helping residents to install five community parklets since November. Each will be managed by local residents.

The new parklets are located at Trehurst Street, Princess May Road, Marcon Place, Malvern Road and Nightingale Road. They include a community herb garden, a sun porch, and two on street flower gardens. Four more will follow shortly in 2019.

Town Hall

Hackney commits to 50% renewable energy supply

Hackney Council is taking decisive action to reduce carbon emissions and fight global warming with the announcement that it will obtain 50% of its electricity from clean, renewable sources by April 2019.

This significant increase in renewables as part of Hackney Council’s energy mix will be delivered alongside a range of other radical decarbonisation measures, including: the implementation of a world-leading energy efficiency management system, which will significantly reduce carbon emissions and save the Council money and through the creation of a publicly-owned, renewables-focused, energy company.

Abney Park

Abney Park Cemetery comes to life

Plans are underway to transform and restore parts of the well-loved Abney Park – the magnificent Victorian Cemetery in Hackney, London.

The Abney Park restoration project will take a holistic approach to conserving and developing all aspects of the Park, its built and natural heritage and the experience of Park users.

We’d like feedback on the plans to help shape a fundraising bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.

Christmas Tree

Don’t have a rubbish Christmas!

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year but it also produces a huge amount of waste, packaging and  excess food.

Recycle for London have produced a range of information and know how on reducing waste during the festive season.

There’s also a Zero waste map for people to search for unpackaged/plastic free products in your area.

And the North London Waste Authority have produced a handy guide for you to wise up and not have a rubbish Christmas North London Waste Authority

Find out your waste collection dates and how to recycle real Christmas trees on our website. 

Recycling rewards

Recycling Rewards gives to charities at Christmas

Hackney’s Recycling Rewards celebrates a third successful year with more members than ever and a donation of £7,500 shared amongst charities nominated in the borough for the second time this year.

Charities are given the opportunity twice a year to receive a share of £7,500. For the past six months residents participating in the Recycling Rewards scheme have been able to nominate one of the shortlisted charities or local community projects to receive the funds. The scheme now totals 28,619 members which amounts to 25% of all households in Hackney.

On 13 December, Councillor Burke presented a cheque to the hospice with other nominated charities in attendance.The distribution of funds is as follows:

St. Joseph’s Hospice      £3,500
Hackney Pirates            £2,000
Hackney Migrant Centre £1,000
Hackney Showroom        £500
St. Mary’s Secret Garden £500

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