Is Eden Crescent the best street in Britain?

22 May 2020

Residents on a West Leeds street who have come together during the Coronavirus crisis could find themselves living on the friendliest street in the country.

Eden Crescent, off Kirkstall Hill, is competing with nine other UK streets to be named as Britain’s Friendliest Street after nominating themselves for the In Good Company competition.

What makes Eden Crescent so special?

More than 40 homes on the street got involved in a teddy bear hunt over Easter, where 105 teddies were hidden for families to find.

And one Eden Crescent resident, Oly Newton, raised £5,000 for Trussell Trust by running 100k around the block 130 times and children have also been made get well soon cards for an elderly resident who fell over and was taken to the hospital.

Residents wrote on the In Good Company website:

“Since COVID started our street’s What’s App group has grown from a handful of people to 107 now sharing, supporting and generating a community spirit. In lockdown we have all got to know each other so well.”

Other activities include:

Free-cycling, upcycling of each others unwanted items, a weekly collection of items for a chosen charity – from Lighthouse to Cats Rescue – check- ins on people self isolating, people doing shopping for the more vulnerable, bird-watching tips from the resident bird watcher, planting of flowers on the grass verges to brighten the road, a sharing table hosted outside one of the neighbour’s houses featuring books, toys, jigsaws, plants etc all to take and share. A Neighbourhood Watch group has been set up and is now active.

You can vote for Eden Crescent here.

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