Grimsby Place Champions

Working with East Marsh United to help re-green and re-generate the streets of the East Marsh

Since March 2021 we have been working with community group East Marsh United in Grimbsy to help empower them to influence positively their local area. The emerging vision is a programme of street re-greening and regeneration, beginning on Rutland Street.

Regeneration through community-led tree planting in Grimsby’s East Marsh

Create Streets are working with East Marsh United to significantly increase the number of trees and amount of greenery in Grimsby’s East Marsh ward, as part of wider regenerative efforts in the area.

Following early consultation and design, 30 new trees were planted in Grant Thorold Park in February 2023. In February 2024, a further 100 trees and 1000 whips were planted across seven local schools. Now efforts are being directed to providing Rutland Street with 30 street trees that will transform the appearance of Rutland Street, while providing multiple environmental benefits, as well as social goods such as traffic calming and improved pedestrian experience.


East Marsh Ward is located in central Grimsby and includes Grimsby Docks, stretching from the seafront down past Grant Thorold Park, to King George V Playing Fields. The dominant feature of the area are the rows of terraced houses, forming a distinctive gridiron of streets, originally constructed for workers in the booming fishing industry.

Owing to excellent previous work by East Marsh United, North East Lincolnshire Council and Mark Hodson architects, much analysis on the history of East Marsh and current social issues facing the area has been written, available in the documents named below.

East Marsh ward now ranks as one of the most deprived wards in the country, categorised as the 25th most deprived ward out of 32,844 in the UK.

Street-tree planting

Street improvements for people

Street re-greening

External home improvements

Kindly sponsored by

Tom Shutes

& all of our backers from Spacehive!

Photos from the project:

This project is now seeking further funding to make this vision a reality. If this is a project that you would like to support, please click on the link below.