Show me the vision

Helped by funds received from Section 106 contributions, our vision for the next phase of regeneration work in Slade Gardens is to install a path network and new entrances off Robsart Street and at the end of Ingleton Street, to have site wide furniture including park benches along pathways, litter bins and cycle stands at entrances, a nature trail with bound gravel path, benches, bird boxes, bat boxes, bug towers, planting and meadow flower areas.

In addition, we've plans for an outdoor gym/exercise area...and there are designs to create a permaculture demonstration site working with nature to build an inspiring and magical zone, focusing on therapeutic horticulture and sustainability.

Permaculture and biodiversity ambitions

Do you like the idea of having a community gardening project or a permaculture demonstration site in Slade Gardens?

It is our ambition to involve the local community in the planning and design of the gardens. The aim is to work with nature to create a harmonious place for local residents to grow food and for anyone to learn about organic gardening, permaculture design and sustainability, in an urban context.

Imagine a creative and inclusive space where the community can come together, celebrate diversity and learn from each other: growing an abundance of food, working with children, their parents, schools and teachers. Accredited therapeutic horticulture programmes and horticulture training will help people into employment through the promotion of events around food, community and sustainability.

An innovative community partnership

In June 2013 the London Borough of Lambeth launched the Cooperative Parks Programme which aims to deliver a thriving parks' service for all. The exciting part is that Lambeth residents now have the opportunity to work closely together as a Cooperative Partnership. Our common goal being to improve Slade Gardens and to restore this vital "green lung" in this densely populated area of South London.

It is our intention that these initiatives will encourage wildlife and create a natural home for birds and insect species.

Being a member of the community means you can be a part of the process by telling us what you want from the partnership or by getting involved with the Friends of Slade Gardens.

Together, with the right energy and vision great things can happen! We can transform Slade Gardens into a beautiful park - safe, open to all: one we can all enjoy and be truly proud of.

Survey and consultation:

In June 2009, the Friends conducted a thorough survey of local people and park users. Questionnaires were distribued via e mail, residents association's newletters, door drops and personal visits. Meetings were held with local interest groups and Lambeth and a community event was staged on Stockwell Park estate. The response rate was high, with over 150 questionnaires returned. The results were collated by Mark Jefferson of bptw partnership. The survey and results can be found here (PDF 1.4mb).

The main findings were:

- the park is considered to be in only acceptable or poor condition

- the two facilities people would most like to see are a children's playground and sports facilities.

- longer term aspirations included a cafe, toilets, a fitness trail and improved landscaping.

Future Plans:

In response to the survey, a masterplan was drawn up with the help of Mike Luszczak and Emma Less of Mesh Partnership. Their fee was generously donated by Community Trust Housing.

You can see the Mesh Partnership masterplan here. In 2012 the master plan was refined by Chris Blandford Associates and this document can be accessed here.

Please note: on the plan the road at the bottom is Robsart Street, the one on the left is Stockwell Park Road and Brixton Road is on the right.


Plan of Slade Gardens Works 2014 / 2015:

Main proposals:

~The main proposals were two new play areas - one for under 5s and one for 5-10 year olds. The under 5s playground would be used exclusively by the One o'clock club when it was open, but would be available for everyone when the club is closed. A gate from the older children's playground would provide access to the adventure playground so that parents and children could circulate without having to go out of the park and along the road.

~A sports area to be divided into one large pitch and two small areas. This plan is on hold.

~ A larger and more secure dog exercise area should reduce the problem of dogs being exercised in the main park

~ A fitness trail will provide for jogging, allow for a circular cycle route for children and provide exercise equipment at intervals for fitness training for all ages and abilities. Some of this will be implemented

~ New entrances and paths will improve access for all and increase through 'traffic' - thus improving security. This is also on hold.

~ New planting of trees and wall shrubs will improve the view and increase the biodiversity.A small, sheltered 'sensory garden' will provide somewhere for the elderly to sit. Tree planting will take place, mainly funded by private contributors. The sensory garden has been planted as a rose garden.

~ Longer-term plans include a small cafe and a new building to replace the current One o'clock building and adventure playground 'huts'. When they are closed, the building could be used by the wider community. It will include toilets.


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