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Plastic Free Roman Road During our outreach with the Globe Town community Roman Road Trust met with local residents Lizzy Mace and Tareshvari Robinson who were both independently passionate about sustainable cities. Lizzy Mace is Chair of the Cranbrook Community Food Garden and a member of Transition Towns. Tish Robinson is an artist and green activist who organises tree guardians in her estate. Through our engagement events (at our workshop events in November 2017, December 2017 and March 2018) Lizzy and Tish deepened their connection and the project started to form. Roman Road Trust helped Lizzy and Tish to formulate their ideas into a project called Plastic Free Roman Road and helped put together a funding application to Esme Fairbairn on 18th January 2018 and Welcome Trust on 28th February 2018 on their behalf. Both applications were unsuccessful. On 4th July 2018, Roman Road Trust organised a meeting to introduce members of the Plastic-free Roman Road project and Friends of Meath Gardens to several key members of Queen Mary University Geography Department with the aim of building empowering connections and seeding a collaboration.

and ascertain appetite for the project, both of which will help strengthen future funding applications. During the week of 24th - 27th September 2018, 200 students visited 83 businesses. At the introduction presentations, the group enjoyed inspirational talks from the QM Geography Department focusing on Green London. Ellie Mackay from The Plastic Tide gave an insight into the impact of single-use plastics on our oceans. In the closing presentation on Friday, Roman Road Trust arranged for key members of the Globe Town business community to take questions from students which was led by Lizzy Mace. Mehmet Guzel from Simply Fresh and Kerry Mounsey from Verry Kerry (part of Bamboo & Bee) spoke to students about the ways in which their businesses are already paving the way of reducing singleuse plastics and increasing sustainability as a business. To help promote the event Roman Road Trust helped Lizzy set up and manage a Twitter account. Following from the audit, Lizzy Mace has attended meetings with LBTH Waste Department, local Place Experts, and has joined ‘Surfers Against Sewage’ to help develop the project.

Attending were Prof. Alastair Owens (Head of Dept. of Geography), Prof. Alison Blunt, and Dr Olivia Sheringham. Also attending were Lizzy and Tunde Morakinyo (chair of Friends of Meath Gardens.)

Senior lecturers Prof. Alastair Owens and Dr Stephen Taylor from the Geography Dept at QMUL have produced a final report of the audit findings, including their recommendations.

The result of this scoping meeting was an agreement for Geography undergraduate students to work with Roman Road Trust on an audit of single-use plastics in businesses in Roman Road.

Now that Globe Town Assembly has been constituted and have opened a bank account, the Globe Town Assembly and not Roman Road Trust will be the lead partner for funding application. Lizzy, who is not a core member of the Globe Town Assembly, will be the delivery partner.

The aim of the audit was to provide a benchmark for future impact measurement

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Globe Town Common Vision Report 2018  

Community development project in Globe Town, Tower Hamlets, documenting community organisation and the constitution of the a local community...

Globe Town Common Vision Report 2018  

Community development project in Globe Town, Tower Hamlets, documenting community organisation and the constitution of the a local community...

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