Full steam ahead: Freshview arrives at Herne Hill Station

6 June 2019

Written by: Veolia with Herne Hill Forum

Environment - Focus on Brixton - Voluntary and community sector

Freshview and the Herne Hill Forum recycled materials into planters and food and garden waste into compost for environmental improvements at Herne Hill station.

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Full steam ahead: Freshview arrives at Herne Hill Station

Lambeth Council and Veolia’s Freshview scheme teamed up with Herne Hill Forum to install 10 new planters around Herne Hill’s Station Square.

Scaffolding recycled

The planters were built over two sessions on Wednesday 15 and Monday 20 May. Local residents, traders and schoolchildren volunteered time to help build the planters from recycled scaffolding boards.

Word from the Cabinet

Cllr Claire Holland, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment & Sustainability, said: “As a co-operative council, it’s fantastic to see a range of stakeholders at Herne Hill come together to improve their local environment. Freshview has been running for 12 years and we continue to encourage residents to come forward to explore different ways we can support them to improve their local area.”

Painted and filled

Pupils from Turney Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) school painted the planters which were then filled with Veolia’s Pro-Grow compost. This peat-free compost is made from garden waste collected from Lambeth and London homes.

Perfect partners

Jasia Warren, Project Manager for the Herne Hill Forum, said: “Freshvew were perfect partners. We couldn’t have done it without them! They provided the tools, soil and know-how to enable the community to come together. We’re looking forward to putting the plants in and making Herne Hill look blooming lovely.”

Circular economy

Steve Verrier, Veolia’s Senior Contract Manager, said: “Freshview is a great example of the circular economy. We collect and recycle food and garden waste into compost for community projects. The planters are made from boards that would have been thrown away: it’s great to be involved in projects that preserve and reuse valuable resources.”


The planters are for Dulwich Road and Station Square, the open space outside Herne Hill Station. The area was semi-pedestrianised in 2012 to alleviate traffic congestion. Station Square receives high levels of commuter footfall with almost 3 million entries and exits last year.

For more information

  • For more about Veolia’s recycling and waste management services see their information pages. Or follow them on Twitter
  • For more about the Recycling Fund for Communities and the projects they support see their information pages
  • For more about Community Freshview’s support for community initiatives to improve the environment, see the Council’s pages
  • For more about volunteer-led group Herne Hill Forum’s work to help make Herne Hill an amazing place to live and work, see their information pages or follow them on Twitter