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Lambeth ( (listen)) is a London borough in South London, England, which forms part of Inner London. Its name was recorded in 1062 as Lambehitha ("landing place for lambs") and in 1255 as Lambeth. The geographical centre of London is at Frazier Street near Lambeth North tube station, though nearby Charing Cross on the other side of the Thames in the City of Westminster is traditionally considered the centre of London.

Climate action[edit | edit source]

See List of climate assemblies, Lambeth

Lambeth for a Cool Planet on facebook

Environment quality[edit | edit source]

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

The London Borough of Lambeth, in spite of being close to the centre of London has over 64 areas of parks and open spaces, in addition to 34 play areas and eight paddling pools, within its boundaries. In common with all the London boroughs these green spaces provide "lungs" for the leisure pursuits of the inhabitants.

Lambeth is a riverside borough, and one of the largest open spaces is the Thames itself, forming the northern boundary of the borough. A sign posted riverside trail forms a walkway for both pedestrians and cyclists.

Community involvement[edit | edit source]

Brixton Green, non-profit, registered mutual society, set up by Brixton people. Owned and run by locals - Lambeth Co-operative Council wiki - Open Works, a Lambeth Council project

Community currencies activism[edit | edit source]

Brixton Pound[edit | edit source]

more video: Brixton Pound / Debate Your

Summary: Brixton Pound, stimulates the local economy by supporting smaller shops and traders which operate in a challenging economic climate and in competition with larger chains. The currency stays in Brixton and circulates, increasing local trade and community connections.[1]

The Brixton district in South London's Lambeth borough has been a bastion of progressive thought and culture for decades. After the financial crisis of 2008, local businesses were struggling and had trouble securing loans from banks. An area that had once thrived began to stumble.

The Brixton Pound (B£) was launched in 2009 by Transition Town Brixton to support local businesses with a local currency that would "stick to Brixton." The founders of the B£ wanted to create a mutual support system tying residents to local businesses and encouraging business to source locally.

The local borough government, Lambeth Council, was supportive of the B£ from the beginning. It recognized the local currency as a way to develop the community, build local economic resilience, and draw positive attention to the area. According to B£ Communications Manager, Marta Owczarek, "The council's support has greatly helped the B£ start and develop — it would have been very difficult to do what we did without that support. In particular, it acted as a guarantee that the scheme was trustworthy, so local business owners and residents alike felt secure in exchanging their money into and accepting the brand-new local currency."

Within the first six months of the launch of the B£, Lambeth conducted research that estimated the media coverage of the currency generated by the B£ volunteers was worth half a million pounds to the area.

Since 2012, the B£ has "been a live part of the Co-operative Council, working alongside the policy team," according to Owczarek. As a result, the B£ has been able to play an active role in supporting the community while receiving council support. The B£ helped set up community spaces like the Impact Hub in the Town Hall. Lambeth helped the B£ create a mobile electronic payments system, and was also the first council to pay wages in local currency and accept a local currency for taxes. In 2014, the Lambeth Co-Operative Investment Fund gave the B£ funding to start a community lottery program, which was launched in 2015. The lottery increased the circulation of the B£, became an additional revenue source for the B£, and enabled the B£ to fund community projects.

The B£ has also helped Lambeth gain prominence globally and locally. In 2012, thanks to encouragement from the B£, the Council secured funding to join an international project to expand community currencies. On a local level, Lambeth won the Mayor's High Street Fund to install a local currency cash machine, possibly the first in the world.

Community safety[edit | edit source]

Community Police Consultative Group for Lambeth, Independent forum for community and statutory agencies to address community safety and policing issues.

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Cycling in Lambeth, news from Lambeth Council

Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]

Vauxhall City Farm

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses - Crystal Palace Food Market - Incredible Edible Lambeth - Pop Farm, Brixton

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

Lambeth Freecycle(TM) - Remakery (formerly Brixton Reuse Centre) a springboard for local reuse enterprise

Sharing[edit | edit source]

see: Community resources

Towards sustainable economies[edit | edit source]

Urban sustainability[edit | edit source]

West Norwood Feast brings a volunteer powered street market to Norwood Road on the first Sunday of every month

News and comment[edit | edit source]


10 lessons from London's first community fridge, Mar 14[2]

London's first community fridge launches in Brixton, Feb 9[3]


A stunning project in the heart of London is taking on the might of globalisation, Dec 13[4]

Brixton Pound: How fintech boosts the local currency agenda, Dec 8[5]

Foodbank network calls for hot line to job centres, Nov 18[6]

Lambeth ranked number one in London for tackling food poverty, Nov 16[7]

Bank of Lambeth project, Aug 5[8]

The first pay-what-you-feel cafe in Brixton! Jul 30[9]

"Local Food is Growing" REconomy event, Jul 21[10]

World's first local currency cash machine opens in Brixton, Apr 11[11]

Community orchard planted in 'secret garden' in Lambeth, Mar 4[12]

Co-operatives in Lambeth, January 22[13]


How do you create a city for all? The answer lies in West Norwood, Dec 2[14]


Brixton Pound app to be available at the App Store for free later in July, with an Android version expected to follow later this summer, June 18[15]

Lambeth Energy Partnership Aims, Opportunities and Stakeholders, February 5[16]

What is the Brixton Bonus?[17]


UK's first electronic local currency now live![18] September 30

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External links[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Lambeth

References[edit | edit source]

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