Our aims and objectives, impact on the ground and how we operate as a federation of charities.
The main themes of our work and some of our most important initiatives.
What we can do for the wide range of people and organisations that we work with.
Find out the latest about how we're changing places and lives.
Further your career or help us make a difference.
How to contact our team
The Deptford neighborhood celebrated Love
Parks week with a launch of a new Natural Play Area in Deptford
Park on Thursday 28 July. Councillor Susan Wise cut a ribbon to
declare the new play area at Deptford Park open and over 250
children and their families enjoyed spending a sunny afternoon in
the new play area, designed by Groundwork London's landscape
architects. They also enjoyed face painting, a smoothie bike and
Opening the play area, Councillor Wise said:
“I am very pleased to welcome you all to the opening of the new
playground at Deptford Park, especially as this week is Love Parks
week. I hope that the young people will continue to enjoy the
playground and I am very pleased to formally announce it open.”
The outdoor space features elements including
bespoke climbing wall, outdoor table tennis table, group slide and
swings, steel play tunnel and an exciting timber and rope climbing
structure. There is also an area to play table tennis and
basketball. Further additions will be made to the new natural play
area in the autumn including new public art commission creating new
entrances, a new five-way swing and a slide for toddlers to be
installed and shrubs and a grapevine to be planted.
Unlike many conventional play areas, Deptford
Park Natural Play area is designed to incorporate play features
into the landscaping. The focus is on natural play and uses natural
elements like wood, boulders and sand. This approach encourages
free and imaginative play.
This project forms part of the London Borough
of Lewisham’s Deptford Park Masterplan which they commissioned in
2008 that identified a programme of improvements for the park. This
project is the second phase of improvements, previous work which
have included a new park entrance and permanent public artwork.
Three years ago, the Friends of Deptford Park, headed by Chair Joan
Arkley, applied to Lewisham Council for Play Builder Funding and
were successful in securing £70,000 and an additional £50,000 from
the Big Lottery’s Community Spaces Programme.
Virginia Nimarkoh, Community Projects Officer,
said: “This is an exciting and challenging play space. It’s been
designed to encourage inventive play for children. It’s wonderful
to see so many people enjoying it. Groundwork London is passionate
about outdoor spaces and making them a better place for everyone to
Contact: Vivienne Brown, Marketing & Communications
Manager Tel: 020 7960 2691 Email: email@example.com