A WORKING mother, a keen gardener and a former nursery school teacher have been picked to represent the Green Party in Brent's council elections this year.
Brent Green Party announced its three candidates for Queens Park ward last Friday.
Some of the issues the candidates will campaign for include more support for local businesses and independent traders, better return and distribution of residential compost and waste to residents to use in gardens and allotments and the creation of kitchen gardens in schools where children can grow their own fruit and vegetables.
Alexandra Freed is a working mum and owner of a small ethical organic business. She is also chairwoman of the parent and staff association at Malorees Infant School.
She said: "Greens will give you politicians who are no-nonsense and down to earth. I would love to serve the local community and do everything to make life in Queens Park even more fabulous. Our commitment is local business, not big business."
Petica Watson helped set up campaign group Transition Kensal to Kilburn, which encourages the community to make the area a more environmentally friendly place to live. She loves cooking and gardening and finding ways to connect urban life with nature.
She said: "I want to find better ways to have our residential compost-waste brought back to the residents for use in their own gardens and allotments.
"At the moment it is really difficult for anybody who doesn't have a car to collect and make use of this composted waste."
Isobel Hurt is currently working as a private nanny looking after children having previously been a nursery school teacher.
She said: "My knowledge of the local area and its residents is extensive due to many hours spent in Queens Park and its neighbouring green spaces trying to keep little ones happy come rain or shine.
"I want to promote kitchen gardens in local schools by involving children in small class projects and building up to future sustainability."
Shahrar Ali, Green Party parliamentary candidate for Brent Central, said: "Our vote in Queens Park ward has always been formidable and has grown year on year.
"In Alexandra, Petica and Isobel we have a dedicated and dynamic team of Green campaigners who would like nothing more than to serve the people of Queens Park on Brent Council."