Play Areas

Play is one of the most important functions of Slade Gardens and one of the most highly used elements within any park.

The realisation of new play facilities has strengthened Slade Garden&apost;s profile as a quality destination and increase visitor numbers. The approach taken towards play was to cater for as wide a group as possible within the confines of a small park. The adjacent Adventure Play Ground is an excellent facility to compliment accessible play elements. Within play strategy for Slade Gardens we felt it important that the diversity of the play on &apost;offer&apost; was increased to include prescriptive play elements (equipped play), natural play elements and playable spaces.

Sports Areas

Inclusion of active spaces to encourage sports is a key part of the masterplan. These can be separated into the two distinct themes formal and informal. The formal sports area is centred on the new exercise equipment. The provision of open space offers space for impromptu ball games

Fruit and Nut Orchard

The orchard area offers an entirely new experience to Slade Gardens. It will differ slightly from the other areas of the park with the grass being broken up by swathes of bulb planting. The increase in trees will provide new habitats for small mammals and insects. The primary new advantage of the orchard however, is that community projects could...

Nature Trail

The vision for this area is to encourage and improve biodiversity within the park. The meadow grasses and tall shrubs create new habitats for small animals where as the meadow flowers help increase the amount of bees and insects in the area. A self bound gravel path meanders through the tall meadow flowers beneath the canopy of the existing trees. Defensive planting will be used along the perimeter of the park to deter trespassing into neighbouring properties.

The Friends will look to include a mix of bat and bird boxes on some of the existing mature trees, possibly on buildings or on the boundaries of the site.

Dog Walking Area

The Park has a distinct dog walking area, where dogs can be exercise off their leads. This area is being enhanced with benches and an improved fence

Picnic Benches

The park has a number of picnic tables in the centre of the park and near Brixton Road. Please do not use barbeques in the park and always pick up any litter and dispose of it in the bins after using the picnic tables.

Historical context

Slade Gardens is named after the Slade family, who owned most of the site in the 18th Century. During the 1840s most of the land was laid out as housing and streets. In 1944 a V1 rocket destroyed a number of houses on the corner of Stockwell Park Road and Lorn Road, killing 11 people. This site is now part of the Adventure Playground, one of the key assets of the area.

In the 1950's London County Council gradually bought up the terraces along Robsart Street, which had been a local shopping street, Ingleston Street and Ingleborough Road, parts of which still exist and Halstead Street and Clark's Row (now entirely disappeared) and demolished them to form Slade Gardens , which opened in 1962. This creation of pocket parks was replicated at a number of other sites across Lambeth.

Over the last 50 years the park has slowly evolved and community involvement has seen tree planting and successful fund raising for a new children's playground which was constructed in 2011.

The need for Green Space

1. Local benefits

The park is in Vassall Ward - one of the most deprived in London. It has a high proportion of children and a high incididence of long-term ill health. On the many estates that surround the park, there are few places for children to play, or for people to exercise.

2. The natural environment

The park is one of very few open spaces in north Lambeth and as such acts as a vital wildlife 'corridor' to assist the survival of many species.




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