Search

Cycling ‘pothole gardener’ sees red in ITV green finger protest at Shoreditch

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 February 2016

'Pothole planter' Steve Wheen (inset) spotted at work in Shoreditch

'Pothole planter' Steve Wheen (inset) spotted at work in Shoreditch

KEN HAYES/ITN PRODUCTIONS

A ‘pothole gardening protester’ has been caught on camera turning ruts in the road into micro gardens in London’s East End.

Cyclist Steve Wheen turns gaps in the tarmac around Shoreditch where he lives into “pothole gardens”, after being inspired to be “a green-finger protestor” when he nearly came off his bike several times.

Steve was spotted by a TV crew and ended up telling his story to ITV’s Car Crash Britain: Caught On Camera show.

“These are little moments of happiness,” he confides. “But potholes are a real danger, whether you’re a cyclist, car driver or a pedestrian.”

Passers-by seeing his handy-work with plants and a trowel told the programme-makers that a “pothole garden” helps avoid any risk of accident and prompts the authorities to take action.

Two episodes of the programme have been looking at crashes, crime and confrontations across Britain, talking to victims and eye-witnesses. Future episodes are looking at heroes and villains and everyday incidents that make people see red.

Latest East London News Stories

Yesterday, 19:00

Tower Hamlets Council is to overhaul the way it awards grants to community and voluntary organisations (VCS) in the borough.

Yesterday, 14:41

Yobs have been banned by magistrates from going onto a housing estate in Whitechapel which has been plagued by drug addicts.

Yesterday, 11:49

Older people in Tower Hamlets are being trained in classical dance by the English National Ballet to commemorate a century since the end of the First World War.

Yesterday, 08:18

Police are looking for the driver of a suspicious vehicle which sped away as they approached and was a then in a hit-and-run incident in Spitalfields yesterday.

Wed, 15:17

One thousand people left their offices following a basement blaze in Canary Wharf this afternoon.

Wed, 13:06

Campaigners have finally sunk plans for the controversial Enderby Wharf cruise-liner terminal going ahead which would have polluted a huge swathe of the Thames and the Isle of Dogs.

Wed, 11:00

An advice clinic set up as a temporary free service at Stratford following cuts to legal aid has won a funding contract for a permanent operation.

Tue, 18:00

Optician director Jayesh Maru has seen his way to the ancient mountain-top Inca capital of Machu Picchu and has found his way back to east London.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now