Celebrating nature and creating places for communities
As part of SHEDx Growing Ideas, The Community Brain commissioned three beautiful murals by WeAreSkyHigh; two at Tolworth Roundabout and one at Tolworth Station. The murals are designed to celebrate Tolworth’s wildlife and promote Tolworth Court Farm Fields nature reserve.
They are part of a wider strategy that we have been working on with local start-ups, 121 Collective, Janice Horslen Garden Design and Himali Patil. The new wayfinding signage is designed to encourage walking and cycling to explore the area, educate on local wildlife and improve sign posting to places of interest.
Tolworth Court Farm Fields is just to the south of Tolworth Station and we are in the process of putting in place a variety of innovative and creative ways to guide people from the Broadway, across the A3 and onwards to this wonderful nature reserve which many locals discovered during lockdown.
'It's beautiful, thank you to all involved who are making Tolworth more attractive.'
- Community feedback
Know Your Neighbourhood Birds on Tolworth Roundabout
Himali Patil, a Kingston University graduate from the Sustainable Design MA and part of The Community Brain team, has created a welcome addition to the Tolworth Roundabout posts, in the form of stunning enamel hand-printed birds, inspired from an Indian tribal artform called 'Gond art' which will lead from Tolworth Broadway towards Tolworth Court Farm Fields. The project highlights the rich biodiversity of the space by enhancing its local identity through its 29 characteristic birds.
The intention is to engage the community with its existing yet underused green spaces and encourage them to be ecologically literate about their own neighbourhoods. The project encourages the community to create sustainable living spaces not just for themselves but also the biodiversity that calls this space home.
Why not take a look next time you're in Tolworth?