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