The Bixley Triangle is a small area next to the Grand Union Canal near the Bixley Field allotments. For many years, the Triangle had been overgrown and frequented by drug users and rough sleepers.
In 2013, Greenfields Children’s Centre artists-in-residence, Rosie Potter and Kirstie Reid, put forward a proposal to transform the triangle by clearing it and placing sculptures there. In 2015 Southall Transition, having heard about this proposal, decided we would help to make it a reality.
Consequently, following talks with Catalyst Housing, the Metropolitan Police, Ealing Park Rangers, Greenfields Children’s Centre, Hope for Southall Street Homeless, The Hanwell and Norwood Green Orchard Trail Group and the Canal & River Trust, the area was recently cleared and levelled.
On Tuesday 10th May, we joined our partners to finish the clean up process before reseeding the area with help from children from Greenfields Children’s Centre and regulars from Southall Community Garden.
It was a very wet day so we were pleasantly surprised at the good turn out. We were informed that the weather was actually perfect for reseeding. The Norwood Green councillors, Cllr Rajinder Mann, Cllr Gurmit Mann and Cllr Mohammad Aslam also came along and helped to plant the first of three fruit trees which were graciously donated by the Hangot group.
We are also considering planting some fruiting hedges and still hope to see the sculptures materialise at some point in the not too distant future.
Southall Transition are very grateful to all our partners and volunteers for helping to transform this site for the benefit of the community.