The town of Redhill in Surrey could be renamed Greenhill if our plans come to fruition, but we need your help - get involved, let us know what you think about the opportunities and ideas about how we can make Redhill a Greener place to live and work.
We have proposed the idea to local councillors and won tentative support from Merstham Councillor Mark Brunt, who said he was pleased to back initiatives which raised awareness of environmental responsibility: "Greenhill is a concept which could have a much greater impact than just in our local area. It's really about getting people to talk to one another and think about what we can achieve as a community."
Alex Goodey, chair of the Growing Redhill group added "this idea would mean a few minor changes in and around the town, to the dated signage, as well as local postcodes changing to use the GH prefix, but the long term benefits to the local economy are clear: a change to Greenhill would kick start the local economy and put the town back on the map in a completely new colour."
With the potential to attract international investment, raise awareness of environmental issues and draw attention to local innovation, Greenhill also has simpler objectives, including promotion of local producers and the general increase of grass growth in the pedestrianised areas.
"We live in a green area, despite amenity tips and landfill sites on our doorstep, yet we produce some of the best free range foods in Surrey. We just need more self-starters to help make a difference and get involved."
Further information on the gardening group and the Greenhill proposals can be found on the Growing Redhill website, which will be renamed as soon as the proposal is ratified, at www.growingredhill.co.uk
You can start making a difference today by backing the name change, making a donation or joining Growing Redhill to start your own gardening space on our allotment site.
Proposed signage change:
And it's not just the signage - were also proposing a green overhaul of the town centre, which could be laid to lawn with very little cost.
More information is available at our next gardening event at Church Hill in Merstham on Sunday 3rd April, so please come along.