Latest from St Ann's
The tender process for the development of St Ann's was due to complete in the summer and was delayed due to Covid, but we hope there could be an announcement from the GLA on the winning bidder any time now. We will of course update you as soon as we hear anything. In the meantime, StART's board of directors have been meeting online regularly over the past month to discuss how best we can reach out to people across the borough to build united action for when the developer is finally announced. Whoever it is, we will need to be vigilant to stop the developer trying to walk back the gains that StART has made over the past five years.
British Library Profiles StART Member
The British Library has published a profile of StART member and founder of the StART Drawing Group, Viv Youell, for her lockdown artwork that adds soundwaves, sourced from British Library Sounds, to her illustrations of birds and animals.
Friends of St. Ann’s Green Spaces
A newly constituted Friends group for St. Ann’s Green Spaces has formed and had its inaugural meeting on Sunday 29th November.
The group aims to help ensure that the unique green spaces across St Ann’s Hospital site, particularly the trees and the woodland area along the railway (SINC), are conserved, cared for, and enhanced through long term, whole-site management. The group intends for the whole of St Ann’s Hospital site to become a showcase for environmental and sustainability principles across all aspects of landscape and build.
Friends of St. Ann’s Green Spaces is also working side by side with a newly formed group of hospital staff, Greener St Ann’s, and have overlapping membership.
In 2018 StART members planted a Rowan tree on the St Ann's site to commemorate the loss of a member and friend, Jyothi Pillay.
Those who remember her will do so fondly as someone with huge creative and generous energy, always ready to work with and for members of StART.
The photo below shows Jyothi's tree thriving with life, just before the autumn fall.
Rest in peace Jyothi: you will not be forgotten.