Peabody, one of London’s oldest housing associations, has launched its Green Infrastructure Framework – ‘Living in the Landscape’ – which captures its strategic approach to managing and utilising the unique blue and green spaces of Thamesmead.
‘Living in the Landscape’ is about making the most of Thamesmead’s unique natural assets. Peabody owns 65% of the land which includes 240ha of parks and green space; 7km of canals; five lakes; 5km of river frontage and 30,000 trees. The framework sets out five themes:
- The big blue – to see the full potential of Thamesmead’s lakes and canals realised.
- Wilder Thamesmead – maintaining and creating habitat for wildlife.
- A productive landscape – the landscape is used to educate, from outdoor classrooms to learning environmental skills such as food growing.
- Active Thamesmead – enjoying an active lifestyle which improves people’s health and wellbeing.
- Connected Thamesmead – improving the connectivity within Thamesmead and into central London.
Dr Phil Askew, director of landscape and placemaking said: “There’s nowhere in London with the amount of green spaces and waterways than in Thamesmead – we have more than double the amount of green space per person than the London average. ‘Living in the Landscape’ underpins everything we do within Thamesmead’s rich landscape. As a major landholder in the area, we’re invested for the long-term and we will maintain and enhance the town now and for future generations.
“Our blue and green spaces have a crucial role to play – whether it’s improving connectivity so people can walk, run and cycle between different neighbourhoods (which in turn has positive effects on people’s health and wellbeing), addressing climate change or in a post pandemic world what the future of urban development and city living will look like. We are pioneering the way and creating a sustainable new town for London where people want to live.”
‘Living in the Landscape’ was commissioned by Peabody from a team led by LDA Design.