Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s Wilder Portsmouth project in partnership with Southern Co-op have joined forces with Portsmouth Friends of the Earth (PFoE) volunteers to brighten up and replant flowerbeds in Derby Road, North End.
North End has one of the most car-dominated high streets in Portsmouth. London Road is an historic thoroughfare with many independent shops, but incessant traffic noise, narrow pavements, few pedestrian crossings, and high levels of air pollution mean that it is not the ‘street for people’ that it could, and should, be. It is PFoE’s view that North End should be transformed into a low traffic and green neighbourhood with London Road - a low traffic high street at its heart.
Initial work on creating a wilder Derby Road (less than 0.2 miles from London Road) started on the 29th October last year and despite the rain, volunteers from Friends of the Earth, the Good Gym and the Wildlife Trust made very good progress clearing the site.