New natural play equipment and SuDS form part of the £120k landscaping project which has been completed on the Lancaster Estate in Southwark.
Residents have been working with Southwark Council, local ward members and the Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) on the project, It is one of the first to be completed under the council’s new Great Estates programme.
The funding came from Section 106 money from the nearby Blackfriars Circus by developers Barratts. It follows an investment of £150k into play equipment and landscaping in the Peabody Blackfriars estate on the west side of the development in 2017.
Cllr Leo Pollak, Cabinet Member for Social Regeneration, Great Estates and New Council Homes, said: “The new landscaping and gardening area at Lancaster Estate is a great example of estate residents working with local community organisations to make beautiful and prized new shared spaces on their estate, as well as demonstrating how funding from nearby development can help support an uplift in everyone’s living environment. I hope residents on the estate have the opportunity to get out and enjoy their new surroundings this summer.”
Charlotte Gilsenan, CEO at BOST, said: “‘Bankside Open Spaces Trust was delighted to work on improving the outside space at the Lancaster Estate.
“The attendance and feedback from the Community Fun Day to formally launch the new space was a great success, with approximately 200 local residents attending.
“We will soon be starting up a Lancaster Gardening Club with local residents. This will provide a great opportunity for the community to get outdoors and be active, meet others and take on the crucial role in supporting us to maintain and care for the outside space at the Lancaster Estate.”
Read more about the Bankside Open Spaces Trust in our July issue (page 104).