Mishcon de Reya has been carbon neutral for over seven years. In 2014 it set up the Mishcon Green Fund, enabling it to invest the amount it would normally spend off-setting its carbon footprint in supporting local and UK environmental and social projects. In September 2015, the firm teamed up with Project Dirt, the UK's most active network connecting and resourcing environmental and community projects, offering £15,000 for environmental projects in London.
Through the Mishcon Green Fund, Mishcon de Reya has provided grants up to £2,000 per project for initiatives which have a positive environmental impact situated within London.
Having reviewed 52 applications, Mishcon de Reya has decided to allocate funds to support the following projects:
The Big Green Passage Project
Supporting a local residents group to transform Haringey Passage, an alley cutting through a residential neighbourhood. The alley is neglected and regularly used for fly-tipping and other anti-social behavior. The Residents Group aim to make the alleyway clean and safe with planted green areas and interesting features such as street art, decorative lighting and seating. The grant will be spent on planting, benches and a thermochromic mural.
The Forage and Find Project
A project at Play Sow and Grow to enable 75 vulnerable children to take part in Forage and Find sessions, giving children the opportunity to visit local areas of environmental interest. Children will learn about local wildlife, make a bird box, plant seeds, tend growing produce and take part in bread and jam making.
Spitalfields Community Garden
Our grant will provide 26 "Garden Late" sessions at an existing community garden over the summer of 2016. The session are aimed at bringing local families together in the early evening, something not currently possible for working parents.
Bethnal Green Wetland
Creating a wetland of 8 ponds in an existing community garden forming a complex nature reserve offering opportunities for a different type of education and volunteering experience. Linking with a local school, the project will increase the variety of biodiversity on the reserve.
21st Century Gardeners
A project at Swiss Cottage school designed to encourage and engage SEN children and the local community to cultivate their own gardens and grow vegetables, teaching the importance of local sourcing and reduced consumption.
The Harringay Slopes
A community project to reclaim a strip of land and create a series of gardens to include allotments, an orchard, bee hives and wildlife friendly planting.
Marischal Road Green Space
Supporting a group of local residents transform a neglected concreted area, currently a magnet for fly-tipping and anti-social behavior into a community garden. The space will improve the neighbourhood and bring the community together in a shared long-term project.
Croydon Wood Recycling
Croydon Wood Recycling is a not for profit social enterprise set up to prevent so much wood waste going to landfill and to assist marginalized local individuals get back into work with volunteering opportunities. Our funding will go towards tools which will enable volunteers to re-use wood and sell reclaimed products to the local community.
The allocation of these funds times with Pro Bono Week, which is taking place this week, 2 -6 November, created by various charitable organisations to spread the pro bono movement around the world.
Director of External Affairs at Mishcon de Reya, Lisa Tremble, commented:
"It has been fantastic to give local environmental causes the chance to apply for the fund, and to be able to share the money out amongst these brilliant initiatives. Pro Bono Week is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of the fund for those running projects who may wish to apply in the future."
Click here to view Project Dirt's announcement.